Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Tyranny of Oil

Mohamed ElBaradei Hits Out at West's Support for Repressive Regimes:

"Western policy towards this part of the world has been a total failure, in my view. It has not been based on dialogue, understanding, supporting civil society and empowering people, but rather it's been based on supporting authoritarian systems as long as the oil keeps pumping."

Twas ever thus. Banana Republics have been replaced by Oil Republics, as US Imperialism makes the world safe for capitalism, our capitalism, that is: black gold, Iraqi tea.

Where oil flows, money grows.

Going Trash-Free

While no one living in the material world can avoid producing any waste, these folks: Going Trash-Free for One Year made a stab at it.

But why only one year? Why not always?

Life isn't a media event, a blog or a book proposal. Live simply and free. When you lower your standard of living, you raise your quality of life.

Consume thoughtfully and purposefully. Make every decision count.

Here at Bwthyn Lleuad Bai, we've been reducing our landfill contributions for over ten years. Nowadays, the grey wheely bin languishes neglected, rarely going out to visit its neighbors more than once every six weeks or so, and then only partially filled with vacuum cleaner dust, unavoidable unrecyclables and the odd bit of flotsam that washes up in our neighborhood on the street. Even the recycling bin goes out at three week intervals, starved for want of contents.

Meanwhile, the compost bins and the worm farm are doing well, carrying on their ancient alchemy, magically turning kitchen leavings into rich dark soil for the garden.

Folding ourselves back into the earth…