Friday, March 07, 2008

Predatory Capitalism Is Nearing Its Ugly Peak While The American Corpocracy Runs Amok!

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I just had to share this spot-on hilarious lambasting of the perfectly ludicrous Bush Oiligarchy.

And please excuse the iPod advertisement at the end of the video, ironic confirmation that even a freely shared parody of capitalism must be contaminated by the quest for $$$$!

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Blogger Birsen ┼×ahin said...

Jim, I want you to read this

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nader Khalili, internationally renowned architect, author, and educator, passed away at the age of 72 on Wednesday, March 5th.
He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital, of congestive heart failure. Khalili was known for his innovation into the Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire System known as Ceramic Houses and the SuperAdobe Construction (sandbag and barbed wire) technique also known as Earthbag. He developed his SuperAdobe technology in 1984, in response to a NASA call for designs for human settlements on the Moon and Mars. He had been involved with Earth Architecture and Third World Development since 1975, and was a U.N. consultant for Earth Architecture.

In 1991 he founded the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth), in Hesperia, CA, which teaches his SuperAdobe building technique. His sustainable solutions to human shelter have been published by NASA, and awarded by the United Nations, the Aga Khan award for Architecture, amongst others. (see, for more.)

He authored six books, including his international best-selling auto-biography, "Racing Alone," (his newest book "Emergency Shelter," available this summer) as well as two highly-acclaimed volumes translating the poetry of Rumi, "Fountain of Fire" and "Dancing the Flame."

Born in Iran as one of nine children, his quest was to empower the world's poor and refugees to build homes using the earth under their feet. He was a prominent American leader on the value of ethically based architecture, where the needs of the homeless are considered above all else.

Inspired by the mystical poetry of Rumi, (whose poems he studied and translated, from an early age) his architecture was distilled from the timeless principles of this universe and its timeless materials -- the elements of earth, water, air, and fire, and has been described as "Poetry crystallized into structure." Laura Huxley, Aldous Huxley's widow, called Khalili the "practical visionary."

He was a quiet hero and a gentle humanitarian, who wrote: "No one can prove there is a meaning to life. I must make my own life meaningful. That is all."

He is survived by his wife Iliona, son Dastan, daughter Sheefteh, eight brothers and sisters and extended family.

The Burial Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday March 11th at the Sontag Greek Amphitheater, Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita Avenue, Claremont, CA, 91711. North-East Parking Lot entrance. Burial and wake to follow after the ceremony.

10:00 - 10:30 am arrive at the Sontag Greek Amphitheater: For directions call: (909) 576-9830 (The Sontag Greek Amphitheatre is adjacent to the Seaver Theatre due east of Oldenborg Residence Hall. Located in a wonderful wooded area known as the Wash, it is secluded from traffic yet a five minute walk from the center of campus. There are many theaters in the college but only one open air amphitheater.) Ceremony until around 12:00 noon. Then to Oak Park Cemetery for the burial. The main entrance is at the end of Oak Park Drive, cross street with Sycamore Avenue. (909) 399-5487 After the burial, the wake/refreshments at the Seaver House, Pomona College close to the amphitheater and the organic garden.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Hi Jim--
Say--what do these comments have to do with your post-or is it just me that thinks they are weird?

11:53 AM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Hi Again, Jim--

BTW--this WAS hilarious! I sent the link to a bunch of friends.


1:07 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


An interesting article, but I have serious doubts that Al Gore would accept any nomination on the Convention floor. I believe Barack Obama is America's best hope for a change of direction.

But, whomever is elected faces horrific challenges. I truly believe that our civilization is on the brink of collapse.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thank you for the information on Mr. Khalili.

I have reposted your comments in my March 11th post. 'A Visionary Architect, Humanitarian & Philosopher'.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Linda-

I think the first post, by my Turkish friend Birsen Sahin was meant to soothe the savage beast behind my political rantings.

While anonymous was just updating me with information on the death of the architect whose work we went to see at the Cal-Earth institute last year, so I guess a comment at my most recent post was the best way to get my attention.

I have added his comment to my most recent post commemoratiing Nader Khalili's passing.

On the 'Bush Coins' video...

A friend e-mailed me that and I forwarded it to nearly everyone in my e-mail address book before posting it on the blog.

It actually seems more reality than fiction to Peggy & I...

Glad you enjoyed it!


8:50 AM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Ohhhhh--that explains it! Well, glad you knew one and understood the other. Now I remember that post about the trip to the Cal-Earth spot. Looked pretty interesting.

BTW--I'm looking forward to spring and more of your gardening & cooking posts! How have the chickens been doing in the cold weather?

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