Friday, June 27, 2008

Mayfly Age of Fossil Fuels

We have been alive in a wondrous though flawed period of history, and in a blessed though awry nation. This period, this Mayfly Age of Fossil Fuels, is entering its decline, and that decline could well become precipitous. In this post I intend, as I often do, to let those who are more knowledgeable present their visions. Therefore, links will be used. The first of these addresses peak oil. The second addresses the now and the future and the far future. Then there will be links to other current and future sites. Am letting each introduce itself. 1. ..... 2. ..... 3. ..... 4. ..... 5. ..... 6. ..... 7. ..... 8. ..... 9. ..... Hope you don't mind the surprise factor. 9:15 PM - Here are 3 bonuses: - from President G. W. Bush's eco-friendly ranch - Richard Heinberg's website ..... - Naomi Klein's organization ..... Rho00104

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

what defines an art movement

A strong leader or leaders who are able to manifest the central parameters and goals of a concept; and who are efficient promoters. A group of others to whom what has been manifested/ appeals. An actual name for a movement; or the willingness of those who artistically practice the tenets of a movement/ to allow a name for their movement to be given by an outsider or outsiders once it has grown and strengthened, becoming thereby obvious and acceptable to enough others to warrant serious attention. Revelatory artifacts. Dedication, doggedness, tactics. --- Art movements which are milieu- related/ may be remembered but/ do not have the staying power of art movements which are humanity- related. Of course, in a capitalistic society (or similar totalitarian realm)/ much depends on the dread wheelbarrow that hides the white chickens. One fact about a movement: you usually feel better after it. I am an old duck with duckling feathers. [ to be re-sinewed ] Rho00103

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

US banking system article

"Are the Banks in Trouble?" by Mike Whitney This article is a primer. Ready? Go. ..... Rho00102

Monday, June 23, 2008

evil USA empire

"The new evil empire: USA has become what Nazi Germany & Soviet Union used to be" is an article written by John Kaminski and published over four years ago. ..... See also 1000 balloons = 7000 rockets . ..... Rho00101

Saturday, June 21, 2008

food gardens article and comments

From the Common Dreams archive: The Food Crisis Is Over (If We Want It) by Raj Patel ..... Do read the comments also, especially the one by a George W. Bush Rho00100

Friday, June 20, 2008


From Jamie Rose this Latin root-based definition of "ceptualist" ...... Rho00099

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

alkaline and acidic food charts

See diclaimer at bottom of page. ..... Goes to site's most recent food chart. ..... Rho00098

alternative view of food crisis

..... for article by Alan Caruba Rho00097

Autotypist great highlights

See this excellent post regarding conceptualism and nonceptualism: ..... Such discussions/debates are of interest to me although I am neither a nonceptualist nor a con- ceptualist. My poetics, insofar as I have one, is an It Poetics. That is, the work at hand is more important than any--when there is any-- preconceived notion about it. I do mildly participate in comment streams on these topics. I favor taking neither an against nor a for stance. ..... connects to my It Poetics post --u iz wuch u iz-- Rho00096

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

homocysteine methylcobalamin

Two heart disease links: interview with Dr. Kilmer McCully ..... a related B-12 forum article ..... The preferred type of B-12 is methylcobalamin. Rho00095

Monday, June 16, 2008

EKnight LRJackson HNorse

Just several links to information about three 20th Century poets whose names I have heard: - - Etheridge Knight ..... - Laura (Riding) Jackson ..... Laura (Riding) Jackson ..... - Harold Norse ..... Rho00094

Thursday, June 12, 2008

song lyrics

check out my new song lyrics over at Sprintedon Hollow. See About Me. Look for sw00918sl-So. Rho00093

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

may not be posting

for a while due to a massive project I began today--so sayeth the blogger into the shifting winds in an unkown vale - Rho00092

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

of Blaise Pascal

Pascal: The First Modern Christian ..... Rho00091

Monday, June 9, 2008

less sugar and HFCS

Having doubts about my own situation, searches led me to these sites: fast food liver cirrhosis ..... too much sugar ..... Sugar has no nutritional value but is not totally without value. If your daily caloric intake is 2000 calories--which mine is not because it does not need to be, your daily sugar intake should be 200 calories (50 grams) at the most. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in nearly 80% of processed food. It is in my grape jam. It is in my 350- calorie nutrition drink. Various sites suggest substitutes such as Stevia or Sucanut. I'd never heard of Sucanut until today. It comes from sugar cane. In a sense it is sugar before the nutrients are refined out of it. Also, mention is made of copper and taurine deficiencies, and having liver enzyme levels checked. Fructose is metabolized in the liver. Visit the sites I've linked to, and related other sites. Try various searches using key words. Rho00090

Sunday, June 8, 2008

something dies something lives

In December of 2007 Peter Chamberlin posted "The planned collapse of America" ..... In it he mentions The Aquarian Conspiracy, a book authored by Marilyn Ferguson, a book I own a copy of. On page 99, down the margin is a long wavy line in green ink. Two paragraphs: On an individual level, we discover a self that does not compete. It is as curious as a child, delighted with testing its changing powers. And it is fiercely autonomous. It seeks self- knowledge, not gain, knowing it will never probe its own furthest reaches. As one recovered alcoholic put it, "The only person I need to be is myself. I can be really good at that. In fact, I can never fail if I am simply me and let you be you." Redefining the self defuses competi- tion. "The joy of this quest is not in triumph over others," Theodore Roszak said, "but in the search for the qualities we share with them and for our uniqueness, which raises us above all competition." On page 397 she writes: In new-paradigm relationships, the emphasis is not so much on sexuality as intimacy. Her book's subtitle is: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s. This might lead one to assume The Aquarian Conspiracy was a look back at that decade. It is not. The copyright, which is in her name, shows 1980. Published by L. P. Tarcher, Inc., Los Angeles, California, and simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Nelson & Sons Limited, Don Mills, Ontario, and Distributed by St. Martin's Press, New York, it is a forward- looking book of over 400 pages. The first sentence in the Introduction: In the early 1970s, while researching a book about the brain and consciousness, I was deeply impressed by scientific findings demonstrating human capacities well beyond our idea of "the norm." The beginning: Chapter 1 The Conspiracy After the final no there comes a yes And on that yes the future of the world depends. —Wallace Stevens A leaderless but powerful network is working to bring about radical change in the United States. Its members have broken with certain key elements of Western thought, and they may even have broken continuity with history. This network is the Aquarian Conspiracy. - - - - - - - - So from her book. Since then what? At this moment we are in the midst of a possible planet-encompassing economic disaster. At this moment we are also in the midst of accelerating beneficial changes. As much as I am interested in the future, I am not a predictor of it. I do, however, along with many, believe we must get beyond reliance on fossil fuels. We are, as Michio Kaku says, a Type 0 civilization striving to become a Type 1 civilization. For the survival of our species, it is imperative we succeed in realizing that transformation. It may be, due to a force incomprehensible to us, that transformation is inevitable. I cannot say. - - - Welcome to the World Future Society ..... Rho00089

Saturday, June 7, 2008

carbon nanotube study alert from

University of Edinburgh's Centre for Inflammation Research ..... Rho00088

Friday, June 6, 2008

Six William Everson Lectures

at the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh

Since the images above the cover are difficult to read, these are the titles of the lectures: Whitman, Emerson, and the Frontier San Francisco and Kerouac I've Seen You a Thousand Times The Poet and His Words The Poet as Priest The Poet and His Poem: "In All These Acts" Everson was the English Department's 1971 Panorama of the Arts lecturer. He allowed us (me and Terry Smith) to tape his lectures and then edit them for publication. Doug Flaherty's Road Runner Press is the publisher. Copyright date is 1972 by RAR. The issue information is: Summer/Fall 1971---Vol. III, no. 2/3 Did a William Everson Road Apple Review search. Found two archives holding a copy of this RAR/ although at this date there may be only one. Once there were three. Apparently all copies are privately held. The two archives are: - William Everson Collection from the Library of Peter Bartlett ..... at 309. line 12 - ..... for Guide to Barry Gifford Papers at [Box 43] [Folder 4] Opening words from each lecture: - "I suppose if you are trying to find the archetypal American poet you'd have to begin with Emerson, because in his essay on the poet he hewed out the core of what the American poet is, in essence. Whitman embodies a phenomenal instance of conception and reali- zation, turning in a kind of one-two stroke. Conception took a long time to be articulated." - "Kerouac was a phenomenon that—I never met Kerouac, and the reason is that although I was in the area when he was there, I was in a deep monastic phase in a monastery and I hadn't yet begun to emerge. I went into the monastery during 1951 and just about pulled the walls in around me for seven years. It wasn't until 1957 with the Evergreen Review issue of the San Francisco renaissance that the whole thing sprang into the open and— after that I began to get requests to read and I began to go out of the monastery and back onto the platform again, but by that time Kerouac had already left." - "Well son-of-a-gun. Here we are. Relaxed. Well this morning we spoke of something of the East Coast scene, I mean the West Coast syndrome, ha-ha. We tried to pinpoint some of the broader aspects of what happened in San Francisco in the late fifties. To pick up now and try to re-focus our attention— I'm speaking of myself—ah, to me this is a kind of penultimate moment—it's the last time I'll appear on this campus before tomorrow night when I give the big bang, as it were, when the poet truly emerges into his own dimension." - "It's a terrible thing to be a poet, but it's a visionary thing. . . . We have lost that. You know, I think the whole approach to poetry ought to be done a different way: much more mystically, much more archetypally, in a much more visionary way. We think so much of tech- nique now, the perfection, the objectivizing of our forms. We think almost nothing of the inner state of being a poet, which is where all the difference lies." - "I find this subject the most difficult of the topics I've had to expatiate so far. I think because of its depth more than lack of any consonance. The whole concept of priest is so deep and archaic, so primitive, and yet so extremely complex. It's one of those subjects that's easy to think up, but very hard to meet. And the more deeply you've gone into it the more awed you are before the imponderable mystery that's contained in that concept. At the bottom the archetype of the priest is the sacrficer, one who offers sacrifice for the people. At the very bottom of it there's a victim, and a dismemberment, and a kind of reunion of dismembered parts in a transcendent action. Originally by burning. You see this is simply a rite of renewal, a periodic ritual in which the old has come to a term and is immolated so that the new can be born. And out of this flows the idea of the priest as father, the ritualizer through whom new life is inseminated and engendered. But the ma- terials are bloody and the new is consummated in burning." - "The idea is to get the poet's impression of what he's done. This poem was written thir- teen years ago at least, and it's a pretty far reach back for it. But a poem if it's a good poem, should take us back into itself as its own verification." * Dana Gioia's remembrance: In Memoriam: William Everson ..... Rho00087

Thursday, June 5, 2008

hectic day

Between John Latta, Stan Apps, Jasper Bernes, Linh Dinh, and Joseph Hutchison, and others, and closer-to-home situations, I have been swirling. Found what I surmise was a robin's nest this morning when I went out to place some mail to be picked up/ in my mail box. This complex doesn't have any outgoing mail boxes. When upon going out later to check for new mail/ I found that the carrier had not taken the letters I left in the box, anger/frustration/action used up the next two hours. The robin's nest? Between my/ two trips out/ it flew off. Rho00086

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

why this blog

For my own pleasure and learning mostly. Yet this is one record of what interests me/ anyone is welcome to read. I once thought blogging was a sure way for me to connect to hundreds of humans, but that notion passed shortly after I first established an online presence in 2000, though that presence was a regular web site, and then another. For two years in the early going I maintained a domain, and during that Ibnar time tried to become my own webring, building up to 6 Atriums (as I called them). Even tried to start a business, foolish me. My Gateway system came with a connection to AOL, and I did use Hometown in small ways, but as it turned out/ my major sites were Tripod and ThirdAge sites. Had an autobio stick figure site at Yahoo! and several times began sites in MSN. The failed BizLand site was more like a story poem than a business, and that I didn't complete, but I did save it offline/ and now it is online again in Sprintedon Hollow. At least I think that is where it is. Do I know where I am? Don't ask. After buying an HP Compaq XP IE6 system in 2006 when I'd already cut back to 3 Atriums, trouble (courtesy of IE6) forced me out of my two major sites. Once had six screen names. Two remain. Attempted to begin an AOL Journals blog, but IE6 didn't like that idea either. Approximately a year later an AOL tech woman talked me into trying again. So on November 3, 2006, I began what I then named Salchert's Weblog. A certain tenacity is required by anyone who decides to become an online citizen. Especially for someone as introverted as I am/ there is no popularity guarantee. Besides, due to two illnesses, I had to quit working and quit driving early in January of 2003. Only twice since then have I traveled alone: on planes from Gainesville, FL, to Milwakee, WI, and from Milwaukee back to Gainesville. So why this blog? Was told most poets have blogspot blogs. That was reason one. Reason two was my thinking that I could make this blog sufficiently unlike S H. Knew I would not place any of my poems or math investigations here. Difficult as it had been to post some of that work at AOL Journals, I was sure it would be impossible for me to post those same pieces here. Other reasons have surfaced since June 22, 2007, the date of my initial Rho post. In the spaces not dedicated to posts/ Blogger's program is more flexible. Also, since I decided to repost some of what was in Tripod and ThirdAge, by having a second blog/ I could put my Brian's Brain journal in Rho and my Edges of Knowledge journal in S H, both of which I was doing until my enthusiasm waned. Not sure when I'll get back to them. The only video I have posted is in this blog. Found the instructions provided by Google and YouTube, however, confusing to the point where I almost killed my welcome to YouTube. Before 2000, most of the computers I had any experience with were Hospitality Industry computers because I had been a night auditor at motels and hotels for over 25 years. Unless instructions are step-by-step clear, they are of no value to me. Stop. ~!@#$%^&*()_+ } Rho00085

Sunday, June 1, 2008

comments on my own comment

I frequently visit Poetry Foundation's Harriet, and late last night when I was there I felt a need to respond to Kenneth Goldsmith's "Charles Bernstein Recants" post. [ Have never figured out why I often find myself reading and/or composing when I ought to be in bed. ] Others had made brief comments; but I knew mine would be considerably longer, and that it would be difficult to write, not only because I was tired but also because my thoughts had not yet been consciously formed. As June began last year, I conceived the task of making three poems each day for that month--I made 85. My intent was to further explore styles which were not, as Ron Silliman has said, my "cup of tea" and (for the most part) I succeeded. My comment at Harriet shows as having been posted on June 1, 2008 12:05 AM. Made five minor fixes today. This is the repaired version: My thought chamber's been clocked askew over this. Isn't Charles Bernstein a poet of irony/parody/satire, a probable Alexamder Pope for our time? It may well be he was being on the horizontal at the symposium in Arizona, but for me/ only the photo of him here is an indication of that. If so, my feeling is--from what it is said he said-- he went too far. Saying that "the only real difference between the work of the post-avant and my neighbor across the hall at the university, Carl Dennis, is in the way it is received and written about. . . ." (thank you, Annie Finch) doesn't indicate a solid position one way or another. Given the number of poets now writing, each one with a personality at a different location on the personality scale at any one moment, and given that the same is true for those who read poems, chances are there are audiences for poems made from a myriad of aesthetic stances. Saying that "only poets working in solitude and individually can produce poems of enduring value" suffers from a similar vagueness. Even in a collaborative effort, each poet is working alone in her/his own solitude, such as it is; and there is no reason a collaborative effort can't produce an enduring poem. To mess with Gertrude Stein's "A rose is a rose is a rose" by changing it to: "Creativity is creativity is creativity." I honestly do not get into Stein's work, not yet anyway; but that doesn't make her work any less creative. - To mess with Elizabeth Barrett Browning by changing one word: "How do I love thee? Let me create the ways." Her famed sonnet is not made less thereby. From my perspective, there is room for as many ways of working with words as can be imagined. Each maker of poems finds her/his own comfort zone. What else can one do? Each maker of poems learns from other makers of poems and from anyone and any thing. I do agree that becoming too attached to one's own way of making is dangerous and ultimately pompous like a tyrant king or tyrant president. Backing away from such a self-important attitude is an honorable move, but ceasing to follow one's own lights is not. Perhaps Mr. Bernstein's lights have phased to a new color. If they have, then they have. I, like Whitman, like most humans, am likely to change my view of something at any moment. Positive inescapability. For years I mistakenly spelled Rilke's first name "Ranier" because I didn't pay close enough attention to what was entering my eyes, and because I liked the sound of it. ======= On thinking about it, it seems normal that those at the forefront of a movement would project nonconciliatory attitudes. After all, they firmly believe in their agendas. If they seem pompous, therefore, it may be they are or it may be their convictions just make it appear they are. Pound? I still am unable to tell Charles Bernstein's stand now, and I am not sure hearing him read his lengthy Recantorium poem would dispel my uncertainty. From reading a few of his poems, I doubt reading his work would be of use since I often have trouble catching the tone in a word passage. The GRE exam I took in 1984 had two tone questions. My answers? And what aesthetic am I advocating? See my It Poetics post. Rho00084