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SCOD Victorian Tavern

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Recommendations & Tributes, SCOD Thesis, Victorian Tavern with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Drogo

Pipedream Pub Reboot 2012: SCOD Victorian Pub Manifest

Is anyone interested in working on designs with me for a “SCOD Victorian Revival Tavern”? The pub can be either urban townhouse pub style, or rural mansion. As discussed with other SCOD members, Victorian is obviously more popular because of the steam-punk fad, and the high-level of technology and design (relative to the former medieval based project). I will need volunteer writers and illustrators, but if all you have is a penny’s worth of ideas, that will do too. We are more likely to find investors to manifest a Victorian SCOD, rather than the older more rugged Medieval SCOD.

Perhaps combining Victorian Fashion elegance, Victorian Historic Revival Architecture, steam-punk designs, carnival freak-show acts, psychic-supernatural circus philosophy, and other aesthetics; will allow SCOD to appeal to a larger audience and membership.

2012 is also the year that the search for the first democratically elected or volunteer SCOD Council is declared. This will further define SCOD membership, with an emphasis on Pro-Active contributions, rather than Re-Active. Also it will allow SCOD to evolve led by the most current active members, and not held back by the stubbornness of older less-active members (such as myself). Allowing for a SCOD President to be elected often, will allow many to fill the position, and feel proud to add “SCOD President” to their resumes. This in turn will further the goals of SCOD outreach.

I think that by having a Council, it will mimic the structure that existing intentional communities have (not just organizations), and make it clear which members are active contributors (previously labels such as SCOD Associative Member were unclear as many Associated Members were more active than some of the older members). In this way SCOD will become more defined by its ACTIVE members, than by seniority of membership; but through a more defined Constitution (by-laws) we can structure a legacy to build from, and certain ideals to add to or modify (but not disregard).

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(note: while this house is not a Victorian Style, it was built at the tail-end of the Victorian Period, and beginning of the Modern in 1908; Inside the entire first floor is dedicated to Victorian Decor, and is an Art & Antique Middle Class Museum. This case study shows how SCOD theory is adaptable.)

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SCOD Thesis Prologue

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by Drogo

 

SCOD Manifesto Declaration

 

Natural Imperial Angst

Contemporary American Capitalism is monopolized by tyrannical industrial companies that threaten the foundations of democracy and individual liberties. The morally corrupt Industrial Complex runs on excess greed, commercialism, and profit sophistry. This drives civilization on a climactic parabola of angst. Although our own invention, the Imperial Machine is ethically devolutionary; allowing global actions as subhuman in mentality as our own prehistoric ancestors. War can be explained, but not justified, as part of human nature. To enlightened warrior philosophers long term Authoritarianism is unacceptable.

Our government is at least as corrupted by business as ancient Rome. Rome collapsed, and so shall our Imperial Industrial Complex; at least at our rate of perpetual “progress” and terror propaganda. Through our efforts to secure our dominance, we undermine the virtues and values of true communism and democracy. Ancient Athens was a democracy, Rome was a republic, and the United States of America was too; briefly before becoming an Oligarchic Empire.

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington believed in the sovereignty of individuals in an agrarian society. Only two generations ago the United States was still a proud agrarian nation. Now Industry casts a shadow over our past agricultural inheritance. Civilization is accelerating faster than ever before along the Christian timeline; sloped upwards by population, manufacturing, pollution, and technology; we are on a parabola reaching a climax of excess.

Some patriots really do try to make our system better from within; however the chances of making significant change from within is minimal, compared to trying to live an alternative life. This is not to say that it is not worth experiencing the system and attempting to make better laws for the masses, rather than worse laws. The more people change themselves for the better good of the planet, the more change will happen on all levels.

In our case, as with ancient Rome, the Oligarchy (rule by the few) is also a Plutocracy (rule by the wealthy elite). The modern American family farm is no longer a desired livelihood by the masses, and although unpopular, farms still form the foundation of civilization. The independent farmer has been plowed over by big chemical and mechanical corporations, thus citizens are led to become commercial henchmen. Family values are trumped by our artificial urge to serve the Money Machine. Therefore, Angst from within the Complex, is a natural reaction for a decadent society spawned and fed by commercial entertainment, ignorant convenience, and greedy profit.

War is always against the Truth of Virtue. For example, the War on Drugs claims virtue but is a hypocritical approach to drug abuse, which is only a surface problem or symptom of larger more systemic issues of civilization. A deep problem of humanity is lack of real-life education, and deeper still is the problem of dysfunctional families which have contributed to the lack of ethics and morals. All people and generations have a right to rebel in their own ways. God is dead, yet Religions still struggle for control. The Entertainment of sports, wars, and plastic superficiality is now the dominant opiate of the masses.

History shows that Dark Ages follow the structural collapse of a system. Structures of civilization collapse like buildings with weakened foundations often neglected and corroded by ignorance of it’s architecture by inhabitants, rulers, and owners. The strength and security of a foundation must come from people who want to be responsible for the system that protects them. There must be a freewill of stewardship, fostered by truly democratic communities.

Strength and security within civilization must come from freely educated people, willing to hold virtue higher than greed. We must have the will to practice tolerant democracy above the will to dominate. Freewill of stewardship by environmental awareness is naturally occurring and should be promoted for the preservation and evolution of democratic communities.

Artificial Intelligence remains limited so long as it denies natural organic complexity of design. Aggressive Offense is not the best defense for one community to have against another; Respectful Defense is the best Defense for any community (big or small) to have, just as between individual people. Inner strength can be prove stronger than even the most fearful show of outward force.

Presupposition Assumptions

Family Farms have been surrounded, attacked, and devoured by three Giants. The monster known as Bio-Tech Chemical Companies, the machine of Military Manufacturing, and the clown of Commercial Corporations and killed our Ma and Pa. This is wrong.

The Pyramid of Capitalism remains upside down. The Trickle Down Economic theory claims that wealth from the rich upper-class few, will trickle down to a broad base population of lower-class poor. However a more truthful picture of civilization is that all of our pay, taxes, and savings, trickle down to the rich few. This inverted triangle is disturbing on many levels. It does not seem to be a safe structure, with such mass weight resting on a point that is piercing the earth. Even by conventional symbolic history it is sinister (evil). Since prehistoric times triangles pointing up are positive; and when they point down they are negative.

Angst is a natural reaction for a decadent society based on commercial entertainment, ignorant convenience, and greedy profit. There can never be perfection in this world of reality, yet some ideals are true enough to try to live by. Environmental stewardship of life and land is a true ideal.

Environmental ideals include the world around us, and what we do to it, and what we put into ourselves. In order to save our environment and ourselves, we need to be more aware of our diet and where our food comes from. Being able to provide significant amounts of food is important for self-sufficiency.

No system is perfect, however some work better than others. Even if post-apocalyptic visions never fully manifest, provide for yourself as a responsible human in a free country. Learn how to grow organic living plants for food, medicine, and the ecosystem. Learn, plan, and practice independent thought as a responsible human, in relation to society. This thesis is intended to alter the Machine and may be used in hopes of enlightened evolution.

Nature is Reality. Nature is the essential truth of Life in the Universe. We can understand Nature though science and spirituality. Nature is based on 5 basic elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit (Synthesis). From Nature comes life and death. From Nature comes all intelligence, knowledge, wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge correctly and responsibly to situations. Wisdom is Virtue, and virtue is good.

SCOD Hypothesis

A Natural Question

Can environmental anachronisms be used to architecturally design sustainable living for a thriving organic community of clients more independent of corporate monopolies?

SCOD Thesis will explain HOW to build answers to this question, and provide some conclusions while trying to prove the answer is “Yes”.

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SCOD Mission Statements

 

SCOD does not have only one mission statement, there are many. SCOD has as many mantras as its members can have profound thoughts. SCOD is dedicated to environmental education for individuals and society. We desire positive encouragement, sustainability, cooperation, and community development. Although some of our best work is achieved through fear, anger, paranoia, mania, and depression; there is enough outside of this forum in Life to foster our darker sides. Be free, and strive to help not harm.

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We Seek

To think, imagine, discuss, debate, decide, plan, build, and live organically.

To find others of like mind, spirit, and soul.

To foster kinship of the heart, and loyalty in friendship.

To unite other communities, in common communication.

To untie ourselves from unwanted mundane bonds.

Land, to build upon.

To open a Medieval Tavern to gather locals and visitors alike.

Dwellings to be architectural extensions of ourselves, personally designed.

Fields to grow our own food, and have open space.

Groves of trees, to selectively use for harvest of food, shelter, and fire. Under their giant branches we gain wisdom from their shade.

Truth, in all its forms.

So Mote it Be. Blessed be. Herne and Epona protect us.

Drogo’s Favorite Books

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by Drogo

Popular Classics: Travel Fantasy & SciFi-Horror Genres

Plato:  Atlantis, The Republic

Sir Thomas More:  Utopia

Swift:  Gulliver’s Travels

Jules Verne:  Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

HG Wells:  Time Machine, War of the Worlds,

George Orwell:  1984, Animal Farm

Aldous Huxley:  Brave New World, Doors of Perception, & Island

Check out a book in which Huxley compares his own book, Brave New World with Orwell’s 1984; and argues why control through reward is more sustainable than control through fear. Brave New World Revisited is 1984 vs. Brave New World. Also Ape and Essence is a planet of apes  (written ironically in 1948).

Ray Bradbury:  Fahrenheit 451,

Philip K. Dick:  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner), Rollerball, Man In High Castle

Stephen King:  Dark House, Running Man

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NON-FICTION: Political, Philosophical, Historical, & Biographical

Assault On Reason  – Al Gore 2007

The Revolution: A Manifesto
Dr. Ron Paul

Give Me Liberty – Naomi Wolf 2008

Harper’s Ferry: Strange Stories & Legends
Joseph Barry

8 Pillars of Greek Wisdom – by Stephen Bertman

Blackberry Cove Herbal – by Linda Rago

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FICTION: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Horror

Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
JRR Tolkien

Suicide Surprise
Noel Tavano

Doubtful Guest, Dwindling Party, Gashlycrumb Tinies, Haunted Tea-Cosy
Edward Gorey