- I’m sitting outside in my new wooden chair with the cat and the birds watching THIS movie. It’s a free documentary that’s been uploaded to YouTube called The Crisis of Civilization. The movie is essentially wholly narrated by Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, the Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development. The film discusses how all the “crisis’s” we face today — everything from ecological disaster to financial meltdowns to terrorism — are just manifestations of a civilized, industrial global system that is failing. If it has an overall thesis statement, it is that this current global system (and every aspect of it) cannot continue to exist as it does through the entirety of the 21st Century… at least without catastrophic consequences.
- Relatedly, China Warns That Its Rare Earth Minerals Are Running Out.
“The white paper outlines a series of challenges currently facing China’s extraction of rare earth minerals. China holds 23 percent of the world’s total quantity of minerals, mostly sourced from three main sites in the south of the country. Those sites are now heavily depleted to the extent that China believes two-thirds of their total supplies have now been mined, and the remaining seams are of a much poorer quality which will increase the cost of extraction.
Illegal mining, and the theft of supplies, has also meant that prices have been kept far lower than China believes they should be — so as demand for copper, iron and other metals has shot up over the past 20 years, rare earth mineral demand has not increased prices commensurately.”
- KROWNE — of my Black Lantern Music family — has won the Orbital/Beatport remix contest of the track “Wonky”!!!! Congrats Gary!! Fuck yes yes yes. Here’s his SOUNDCLOUD. Krowne is a really talented producer who creates these tricky sound designs, think complex architecture (curved glass, laced rafters like braids), steeped in on-the-go DJ skills and a keen sense of how to tickle an earhole. He’s good. And if you go to his Black Lantern page, you’ll find a bunch of albums for free. I really dig “Quantum Living” a lot.
I’m getting married tomorrow