muses of the moment

December 20, 2013

Warren E Pollock’s 2014: The Eye of the Storm

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:44 am

Mr. Pollack has not disappeared. (Thank goodness!) He is still releasing videos on his youtube channel. He has several new videos, including this one for 2014 predictions, The Eye of the Storm (about 25 min).

side musing: a word about Bucky Fuller. gg likes Mr. Pollock’s views because he focuses from Fuller’s theories from The Critical Path. groovygirl loves Bucky Fuller! However, gg must mention something very important. Although Bucky’s vision should be where we focus, our hope. It is not guaranteed where we will be in the end. Experience has taught gg that people do not necessarily work towards what is best for them, even if they intelligently understand it and have the skills to achieve it. It is the emotional attachment to the vision that drives action and achieves the goal. Some people have an emotional attachment to ill-advised actions because of their emotional attachment to security, judgements, power, and traditions, even as they prove to not work anymore. So, in groovygirl’s mind, casting the vision is the first task. And when stable systems breakdown during this reset, perhaps, people will be shaken from their emotional ties with systems that don’t work and embrace sustainable systems that will work farther into the future. gg’s statements are not judgement calls, just information and observations. Things to explain why certain reactions and non-movements or retracing can happen during a reset period.

November 30, 2012

Forward Thinking

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Odds 'n ends, Peak Energy, The Dollar Crisis, The Financial Crisis — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:32 am

Groovygirl has often talked about the paradigm shift happening right now in every aspect of global structure. From debt collapse to banking to food to government. This paradigm shift is driven by three main issues: debt, increase population and shift in demographics, and peak energy.

Since the beginning of the industrial age, these main systems have worked well. Or they have been modified to continue to work adequately to move forward, not back. However, the production model which is the basis for everything in first world countries from food production to derivatives to education to military doesn’t work anymore.

We have clearly moved into the information age, but the main systems of society are still in the industrial age. Charles Hugh Smith makes a comparison to the last time we had a major shift: from agriculture to industrial. The final push of all society into industry/production systems was the Dust Bowl, even though the Industrial Age started 50 years earlier.

Click here. Good post.

The systems and solutions of the past will not work. It is a waste of energy to focus on those things. Much better to discuss completely other ways of doing things. Having said that, the possibility that people in power will give up their power in a known system for no power in a new systems is highly unlikely. So, we will have to wait for the collapse of these systems. In the meantime, be thinking and experimenting in your own limited environment to find out what might work or not work.

October 5, 2012

R. Buckminster Fuller

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 2:21 pm

When groovygirl needs to think outside the box, which is most of the time to keep her motivated, she turns to Mr. Fuller.

Bucky knew how to ask questions to come up with innovated answers:

We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.

R Buckminster Fuller

The question: do we really have to work in the traditional sense of the word? Are we working for cash to support a system and structure that is no longer needed? What would it look like if 9 out of 10 people or 5 in 10 (soon to happen with the baby boomers in retirement) were not working in the traditional sense?

If no one did your job, would society as a whole suffer? If no one did your job, would an individual suffer? Have we exchanged paper pushers for electronic data pushers? Is it really productive or necessary?

This isn’t a Communist statement, this is beyond political.

Perhaps we work to distract us from realizing the current system is not necessary anymore?

Other Bucky quotes.

Another good one:

The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.

And this:

Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers.

And…

Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.

The notion of less, little, or no work to produce a yield is why groovygirl loves the concept of permaculture so much. Permaculture is the structure of a food system that requires little to no work for abundant, diverse yield for the current generation and generations to come. This is how nature wants to work.

There is no waste in nature.

Any other system from energy to financial to transportation to government can work this way too. But we must ask the right questions to get to these solutions. The first question is: is the current way of doing things the only way? Next: Is it there a better way? Next: does nature show us a better way?

June 7, 2012

Falling Empires are Paper Tigers

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Global Debt, Odds 'n ends, The Financial Crisis — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:47 am

Warren Pollock has a 3-part series of videos entitled Falling Empires Are Paper Tigers. He talks with students in Taiwan about solutions using the Fuller Model. Excellent video discussion!

Click here for part 1.

An Empire may be dangerous to its enemies. A failing Empire will be most dangerous to its friends and allies.

April 9, 2012

Limits to Growth

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Economic Crisis, Odds 'n ends, Peak Energy, US Government Debt — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 3:54 am

A lot of renewed discussion going around the internet on the 1972 findings in Limits to Growth report. Click here.

Groovygirl does not necessarily agree that we have a limit to growth. She thinks we have a limit to unsustainable growth. And, she also agrees with Bucky Fuller that careless use of finite resources (whatever those many be) is irresponsible and a danger to future generations. At some point in the future cheap oil will either become unavailable or too expensive to get/process that it will not be useful in setting up the infrastructure for the next energy option(s).

For instance, if we intend to make natural gas the fuel for US transportation industry, we will need time (at least 5-10 years), money, and energy resources to set up that nation-wide system and ramp up drilling, transport, and processing of the raw material. The time to start is not when oil is $200 a barrel and moving up fast.

As sustainable growth applies to the monetary system, the fiat currency system coupled with the sovereign debt bond system is not sustainable. Having limited growth in monetary policy helps continue growth through contraction cycles (when debt must contract to the real output of the underlying asset) instead of a complete stop and/or breakdown of the global monetary system, which we are facing now). Fiat currency and debt systems help extend growth, but they do not eliminate the contraction cycle, and mis-handled, they can make it much worse.

Another example, water. Why are we trying to create an oasis out of  every inch of desert? Water would be the perfect, simplest, and least expensive way to maintain growth in a particular finite resource. Take the US, states are fighting over low water resources for crops vs. residential homes’ landscaping. We are draining the Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, for crop irrigation and other uses such as residential lawns, sewage systems, industrial uses, and gas drilling. Let’s just try to conserve what we have been put in charge of, to last as long as possible, so we don’t have to spend money on other expensive options later. Isn’t this just common sense? gg thinks so.

Let’s look at residential water uses, not industrial or farming (which gg has many simple solutions for as well).

If all new housing had a rain collection system (excluding those states where it is illegal) and/or a grey-water system (and used that system just for landscape irrigation), we could conserve 720,000,000 gallons per year. That’s a savings of $ 1,200,000 per year (gg is using average costs here, your area may be different).

And that is just for new residential properties (no expensive retro-fitting). Over a ten-year period that is a 7 billion gallon return on investment, and we keep the green lawns. Imagine if new office buildings and industrial buildings included just rain barrels or roof-catchment systems? Or just grey-water systems? Imagine the savings in sewage plant processing costs with less run-off water?

And what if the government handed out money for rain barrels, irrigation pipes, pumps, and sprinklers heads, but we did the labor for new residences? Just residential. It would be about $1,500,000,000, which is around the same amount that the US government borrows every half day or 12.5 hours (gg is using 2010 numbers…probably just a few hours now). Are we using that money we borrowed this morning to the best possible use? Because at some point we will not be able to borrow any money for anything.

And that is what groovygirl is asking of every national resource from oil to water to time to money: are we using the resources we have available right now in the best possible way to sustain our current life-style (or current growth) when that resource is unavailable, rationed, more expensive, or requires more debt to obtain?

If you are not asking yourself this question on the individual level, you are in denial. If our leaders are not asking this question on the national level, they are in denial.

April 6, 2012

Mr Pollock: Through the Breakdown Crisis

Click here for Warren Pollock’s latest paper entitled Through The Breakdown Crisis (12 pages) regarding the global breakdown crisis we are currently facing. Groovygirl calls this crisis a paradigm shift.

There is an opportunity for good change or bad change. The shift is coming, we determine how bad it will be, how quickly we can recover and move to new sustainable growth.

March 16, 2012

Warren Pollock

Warren has two very good videos out.

The first video talks about Design Science and Bucky Fuller’s Lexicon and how the opposite is happening right now: breakdown crisis. Click here. (About 10 min). He brings up a lot of good talking points that we should be considering as a culture and society,

The second video is another interview with Ann Barnhardt. Click here. (About 44 min) They cover many topics.

January 5, 2012

Greenhouses

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:31 am

Taking a break from finances….

If groovygirl had more time, she would create a blog on permaculture, gardening, and local food sustainability. But she  doesn’t have the time, because she is a workinggroovygirl and she has some sort of garden about 10-mos out of the year.

This month, gg’s mind is on seeds. The seed catalogs are spread out on the floor with page corners dog-eared. gg is making decisions for starter plants next month and plans for the spring planting.

groovygirl really liked Chris Martenson’s recent post about greenhouses. Greenhouses are so simple to build and extend your garden produce triple-fold by planting early and planting late, whatever your climate zone.

Click here for the article.

groovygirl’s favorite green house is the geodesic dome, of course (gg loves Bucky Fuller), from growing spaces. GG especially likes the option for a fish tank in the larger domes (which is a heat/cool mass, algae-creator for fertilizer, and food producer) and the large amount of hanging-vertical space within the growing dome. If you plan to be food self-sufficient in the future, this is a wonderful option. If you have the time to devote to your own food production, it can pay for itself in 2-3 years.

Also consider a smaller version of Will Allen’s greenhouses from growing power.org. Don’t have time for a large garden? Get some friends and neighbors together and split the work.

But even a 3′ x 3′ x 3′ wooden frame with plastic over it, will extend your growing ability right now.

December 30, 2011

The Endgame

Warren Pollock examines the current trajectory: Defend and Deny and the coming change in 2012 (and beyond): Realization.

Click here about 22 minutes, very good.

Let’s talk solutions. Let’s talk about the economic structure after the economic collapse of our current infrastructure that is unsustainable. Mr. Pollock gives a wonderful picture of the economic structure that we must look through in order to understand the breakdown and then the restructure that will be sustainable.

November 4, 2011

TrimTabs

Filed under: Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, DOW and S&P500, Stock Market — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 10:58 am

Good interview with Mr. Biderman with TrimTabs. Click here. Listen at the 2 min mark as Charles describes the selling-buying ratio in the stock market. Pension funds and 401ks are selling and banks with cheap loans (or free money) from the government are buying, thus driving the market slightly upward. Long term, what happens as pension fund selling accelerates and government money dries up?

Click here (and scroll down) for Bucky Fuller’s use of the word trimtab.

Groovygirl loves Bucky Fuller!

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