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Time:03:00 pm
in the knowing

oh great and silent earth,
keeper of stories,
mosser of bones
can you tell me what became of
the cedars of lebanon,
the vast emerald forests that held all of europe
with children laughing at their feet?

oh great and silent earth
i plead for witness to the ancient pain:
what bolt of lightning split my ancestors
from their good sense,
drove them to fear the seasons
and guard against them, anxiously,
by leaning on the seed?

what gave their hearts such a shaking
that their roots divorced the wild glades
and sought instead
to tame?

oh dark and secret earth
please! let me into the mystery -
please: tell me, so i may tell the others,
how we got so lost in our very own land,
how we forsook the hunt and took up
the slaughter-block,
how we came to be herders and
the tangled berries giving way
to shocking wheat,

how we labored, to bear famine;
who we sacrificed, to beg rain;
why we drove rickets into the bones
of our children and tore the land
out from under a wilderness who cradled our grandmothers' graves?

what put trembling in our prayers?
hunger on our tables?
a song of doubt on our tongues?

oh careworn broken earth
i am sorry that we have torn at your flesh
for an answer,
with canary and shovel,
with axe and torch,

forced ourselves into
forbidden valleys,
between foreign ribs and intimate
in our search for it,

torn our own skin off,
burned ourselves at the stake,
thrown our children into the hungry sea,
our men to smoking fields
our women to pace raw in quiet chains

i am sorry that we have gone to every last island with our affliction
and in our desperate mission to transcend it
have passed it on

oh earth of every elemental power
tell me
why did you let your beauty be driven into the cracks
of even one lonely mountainside?
why did you give up your green dress to the blades
and the burning villages,
let the rocky sutures of your bones be opened
and smashed,
your rivers bloodied, then muddied, then damned?

oh earth!
in your body i feel the ripples of a great shouting
and is it the cry of death,
i don't know
is it the muddy throes, the last
ragged breaths, the deepest possible pain,
your spirit unearthing to depart on the poison winds
i don't know

but please! rend yourself of the secret

so that we both may survive it -

or die,

at rest
in the knowing.
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Subject:kid's stuff...
Time:02:37 am
I’m 7.5 months pregnant and looking for children’s books, baby’s books, and children’s/baby’s movies/shows that are enjoyable, educational, have good politics, and strong female characters. I’ve already thought of a few but I’m looking to stock up on stuff in the last couple of months before I give birth… any suggestions?
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Subject:Civilization: Its Origins and Collapse- with John Zerzan and Kevin Tucker @ NYU
Time:09:48 am
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Civilization: Its Origins and Collapse- With John Zerzan and Kevin Tucker

Ever think there was something horribly wrong with the way things are?
According to anarcho-primitivists, those social, ecological, spiritual and
political problems that we all face are a part of civilization. The most
basic human needs were shaped and met by the nomadic gatherer-hunter
existence that has defined over 99.99% of human life. Looking back to the
settling of some human societies, to an increased dependency off of stored
and grown foods, through the rise of political power, emergence of work,
patriarchy, warfare, and expansionism, we can get a clearer picture of the
processes at work in our daily lives to keep us domesticated and docile to a
world that runs against our being.

Join anarcho-primitivist thinkers and writers, Kevin Tucker and John Zerzan
for a discussion of the origins of civilization and their consequences from
the beginnings of settled societies through the culture of cities and into
our current globalized modernity. Talk revolves around a critique of
civilization and possible directions for moving beyond it and the short
comings of contemporary resistance movements.

Where: Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Sq S, Rm 909
When: Saturday April 15, 2006- 6:00pm
Brought to you by: Earth Matters, Students for Social Equality, the
Gallatin Student Council, and the Office of the Dean at Gallatin

Free and Open to the Public (Please bring ID)

John Zerzan is an anarcho-primitivist thinker and writer from Eugene, OR.
Having written on the subjects of civilization, symbolic thought,
domestication, and the misery and failures of daily life over two decades,
he has earned his role as one of the most important anarchist thinkers. His
books include Elements of Refusal, Future Primitive, and Running on
Emptiness, edited Against Civilization, and is an editor of Green Anarchy

Kevin Tucker is an anarcho-primitivist writer from rural, southwestern PA.
His focus has been on applying anthropological, ecological, and spiritual
dimensions to the anarcho-primitivist critique of civilization, as well as
ways out of it. He is the editor of Species Traitor journal, regular
contributor to Green Anarchy, co-founder of the Black and Green Network,
author of blackandgreen.info, and is currently working on his first book,
Catalyst: the birth and death of civilization.
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Subject:Hello all
Time:11:36 am
Does anyone have any suggestions for books prior to the mid 1600s dealing with primitivism or the paradise story, or critiques of civilization or essential elements of modern culture. I'm developing my senior project and it has to integrate at least seven texts prior to the mid 1600s, and here's what I have:
1- Genesis (Eden story)
2- Hesiod- Works and Days ("The Ages of Man"- Golden Age)
3- Thomas Moore- Utopia (Longing For a World Not Our Own)
4- Mahabharata (Another Golden Age Story)
5- The Journals of Christopher Columbus (Tales of indigenous simplicity, lack of labor, and European viciousness)
6- __________
7- __________

Any suggestions would be very helpful- thanks!
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Time:02:41 pm
please circulate...

UNCIVILIZED: A journal of feral living

...A magazine created for the exploration and cross-pollination of
practical, critical and visionary words and images, taking aim at
Civilization in its totality, and celebrating the rawness and realness
found on the journey away from it.

DEADLINE: October 15

Submissions of articles, rants, poems, stories, original graphics and
photos, and any other stabs at the transcription of direct experience are
invited, as well as free classified ads and resource listings. Also, we'd
like book and other media reviews, and reprints and suggestions of
favorite excerpts from books or articles.

Here's a list of topics we'd like to see explored:

-earth-based skills (hide tanning and buskskin sewing, shelter-building,
herbal wildcrafting, wild foods)
-Radical communication and ecopsychology
-mental health and Civilization
-Attachment parenting, raising feral kids, midwifery, etc
-diet and nutrition
-sexuality, polyamory, etc
-primitive skills gatherings
-rejecting symbolic thought/critique of language
-personal rewilding experiences and reflections
-interspecies communication
-anthropology: limits and benefits
-starting 'tribal' land collectives
-cultural appropriation
-beyond agriculture: theory and practice
-ecofeminism, gender
-moralism, nihilism, activism
-rewilding cities/urban foraging

Classified ads should remain under 100 words, and limited to announcements
of projects and events, appeals for collaboration, bartering and trading,
and DIY "commerce" like self-published zines & books, music, and crafts.

Submissions (preferably on a CD/disk or via email as a word document, but
snail mail will work too) can be sent to:

pob 1485
Asheville, NC 28802
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Subject:Amazon loggers clash with lost tribe (Woot Woot!)
Time:11:55 am
Amazon loggers clash with lost tribe
(Reuters) -- A Brazilian Indian tribe armed with bows and arrows and unseen for years has been spotted in a remote Amazon region where clashes with illegal loggers are threatening its existence.

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Time:10:03 am
a tiny stretch of the mind and language and we have here a really important set of feral childrearing ways.

According to Jean Liedloff, [who lived in the Amazon with the Yequana tribe for two and a half years], the continuum concept is the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings — especially babies — require the kind of experience to which our species adapted during the long process of our evolution. For an infant, these include such experiences as...

constant physical contact with his mother (or another familiar caregiver as needed) from birth;

sleeping in his parents' bed, in constant physical contact, until he leaves of his own volition (often about two years);

breastfeeding "on cue" — nursing in response to his own body's signals;

being constantly carried in arms or otherwise in contact with someone, usually his mother, and allowed to observe (or nurse, or sleep) while the person carrying him goes about his or her business — until the infant begins creeping, then crawling on his own impulse, usually at six to eight months;

having caregivers immediately respond to his signals (squirming, crying, etc.), without judgment, displeasure, or invalidation of his needs, yet showing no undue concern nor making him the constant center of attention;

sensing (and fulfilling) his elders' expectations that he is innately social and cooperative and has strong self-preservation instincts, and that he is welcome and worthy.

In contrast, a baby subjected to modern Western childbirth and child-care practices often experiences...

traumatic separation from his mother at birth due to medical intervention and placement in maternity wards, in physical isolation except for the sound of other crying newborns, with the majority of male babies further traumatized by medically unnecessary circumcision surgery;

at home, sleeping alone and isolated, often after "crying himself to sleep";

scheduled feeding, with his natural nursing impulses often ignored or "pacified";

being excluded and separated from normal adult activities, relegated for hours on end to a nursery, crib or playpen where he is inadequately stimulated by toys and other inanimate objects;

caregivers often ignoring, discouraging, belittling or even punishing him when he cries or otherwise signals his needs; or else responding with excessive concern and anxiety, making him the center of attention;

sensing (and conforming to) his caregivers' expectations that he is incapable of self-preservation, is innately antisocial, and cannot learn correct behavior without strict controls, threats and a variety of manipulative "parenting techniques" that undermine his exquisitely evolved learning process.

Evolution has not prepared the human infant for this kind of experience. He cannot comprehend why his desperate cries for the fulfillment of his innate expectations go unanswered, and he develops a sense of wrongness and shame about himself and his desires. If, however, his continuum expectations are fulfilled — precisely at first, with more variation possible as he matures — he will exhibit a natural state of self-assuredness, well-being and joy. Infants whose continuum needs are fulfilled during the early, in-arms phase grow up to have greater self-esteem and become more independent than those whose cries go unanswered for fear of "spoiling" them or making them too dependent.

Here are some excerpts from the book which define the continuum concept:

...It is no secret that the "experts" have not discovered how to live satisfactorily, but the more they fail, the more they attempt to bring the problems under the sole influence of reason and disallow what reason cannot understand or control.

We are now fairly brought to heel by the intellect; our inherent sense of what is good for us has been undermined to the point where we are barely aware of its working and cannot tell an original impulse from a distorted one.

...[Determining what is good for us] has for many millions of years been managed by the infinitely more refined and knowledgeable areas of the mind called instinct. ... [The] unconscious can make any number of observations, calculations, syntheses, and executions simultaneously and correctly.

...What is meant here by "correct" is that which is appropriate to the ancient continuum of our species inasmuch as it is suited to the tendencies and expectations with which we have evolved. Expectation, in this sense, is founded as deeply in man as his very design. His lungs not only have, but can be said to be, an expectation of air, his eyes are an expectation of light... [etc.]

...The human continuum can also be defined as the sequence of experience which corresponds to the expectations and tendencies of the human species in an environment consistent with that in which those expectations and tendencies were formed. It includes appropriate behavior in, and treatment by, other people as part of that environment.

The continuum of an individual is whole, yet forms part of the continuum of his family, which in turn is part of his clan's, community's, and species' continua, just as the continuum of the human species forms part of that of all life.

...Resistance to change, no way in conflict with the tendency to evolve, is an indispensable force in keeping any system stable.

What interrupted our own innate resistance to change a few thousand years ago we can only guess. The important thing is to understand the significance of evolution versus (unevolved) change. ... [The latter] replaces what is complex and adapted with what is simpler and less adapted.

There is no essential difference between purely instinctive behavior, with its expectations and tendencies, and our equally instinctive expectation of a suitable culture, one in which we can develop our tendencies and fulfill our expectations, first, of precise treatment in infancy, and gradually of a (more flexible) kind of treatment and circumstance, and a range of requirements to which adaptation is ready, eager, and able to be made.

pp. 22-27, The Continuum Concept, Revised edition ©1977, 1985 by Jean Liedloff, published by Addison-Wesley, paperback, 20th printing.

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Subject:Security through resource management
Time:09:42 pm
This article by noncognosco may initially seem too political for this community; however, I think the moral of the story is germane.

X-posted on _sustenance_, gentlesurvival, not_quite_rural, sustainability
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Subject:Derrick and Ward
Time:07:50 pm
some of y'all maybe interested in this: http://acre-c.com/equality/share/

It's Derrick Jensen and Ward Churchill talking in Devnver.

So far it's really good.
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Time:10:47 pm
I have created a syndication of Treehugger.com a site that I love, you can find it: treehugger_feed
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