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  Interesting video about civilization made by a pro-civilization
Posted by: |0|__|0| - Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:14:32 +0000, 10:14 PM - Forum: Everything else - No Replies

[Video: https://youtu.be/wyzi9GNZFMU]

This guy could almost jump into the anti-civ wagon, but i guess internet though.
Also who as ever heard about Zomia ?

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  Bison are helping rewild the last of the midwest prairies
Posted by: Odin - Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:56:24 +0000, 11:56 PM - Forum: Environment - No Replies

When white settlers first arrived, a large swath of the U.S. was blanketed in tallgrass prairie. But turmoil came to the landscape shortly thereafter, as those settlers mowed down the bountiful biodiversity to get at the fertile soil beneath. Of the 170 million acres of tallgrass prairie that existed, only four percent of it remains today, ghosts among the cornfields.

It wasn’t just delicate grasses and wildflowers that were wiped out. An estimated 30 million bison roamed the Lower 48 before an extermination campaign brought that number down to around 300 by 1884. The animals have since rebounded somewhat in the the forests of the West and plains of the South, but the remaining tallgrass prairies in more northerly latitudes like Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana are largely devoid of the grass-munching, mud-wallowing ungulates.

That started to change four years ago, with the introduction of bison to Nachusa Grasslands, a 3,500-acre preserve just 100 miles west of Chicago managed by the Nature Conservancy. It’s the first conservation-oriented bison program east of the Mississippi and the results could inform prairie management around the country. Early returns show the bison reintroduction has been a success, and the animals are already having surprising impacts on the grasslands that could be making it healthier. That’s a big deal for such an imperiled landscape.


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  The Hadza: Freest People on Earth Face Extinction
Posted by: Odin - Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:48:42 +0000, 11:48 PM - Forum: Anthropology & History - Replies (1)

The Hadza have been living peacefully, happily and sustainably in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa for at least 100,000 years. Their home, around Lake Eyasi, in Tanzania, has been called “the cradle of mankind.” A Harvard anthropologist calls them “the strongest link” we have to 2 million years of human evolution. Thanks to the spread of agriculture to nearly every corner of the earth, that link is about to disappear.

The consequences of allowing civilization to crowd the Hadza – and the handful of other hunter-gatherer tribes remaining on the planet – out of existence are captured beautifully and tragically in the documentary The Hadza: Last of the First.


Hadza: Last of the First:
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4rM9nHjsWM

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  Jarawa Hunter-Gatherers Say They Don’t Want to Be Part of Our World
Posted by: Odin - Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:53:38 +0000, 12:53 AM - Forum: Anthropology & History - Replies (1)

Like the Hadza of East Africa, the Jarawa hunter-gatherers of the Andaman Islands also face extinction, thanks to the ever-expanding nature of agriculture and civilization.

To add insult to injury, a highway has been built right through the heart of their ancestral lands to accommodate “human safaris” – in which tourists toss food at and snap photos of the Jarawa like animals in a zoo.

“On a remote island off the Indian coast, the first humans are still living in a forgotten world,” begins the trailer of a new documentary about the Jarawa titled Organic. “They left Africa 70,000 years ago. They are [among] the most ancient people in the world. There are no more than 400 of them. Up til now, they had managed to shelter themselves from the madness of our world.”


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  Interview with Paul Kingsnorth about the stories we tell
Posted by: alexander - Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:32:32 +0000, 11:32 AM - Forum: Culture & Art - No Replies

«One of the dangerous things about the story of progress is that we don’t think it’s a story. We think it’s the truth.»

Interesting interview with Paul Kingsnorth about the stories we tell ourselves, and how we place and perceive ourselves in these stories. He describes the story of western civilisation, the myth of progress, as one where Nature is separate to us, and, frankly, beneath us. In this story, Nature is something we exploit—or, once in a blue moon, protect—not something we are a part of. Paul says we've forgotten how to listen.

We need a new story. But how do we get there? «I think that what I used to believe (arrogantly, probably)—that we could work together to create some grand new story for humanity—was just foolish. But that doesn’t mean that lots and lots of small stories don’t come together to form something bigger, which I think is probably how it always works. If enough people are questioning the way the world works and the values we have and the stories we tell ourselves, then what they will start to do instead will start to add up to something.»

I didn't listen to the podcast (ironic, isn't it), but I read the transcript. I found it an interesting reflection, well worth a read.


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  Megafauna-palæoburrows in South America
Posted by: alexander - Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:40:13 +0000, 06:40 AM - Forum: Anthropology & History - No Replies

This one's for the palæontology nerds on here.

A geology professor, Heinrich Frank, found a peculiar hole in Brazil.

[Image: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/f...icanum.jpg]

«Local geology doesn’t yield such a sight, so Frank went back a few weeks later and crawled inside. It was a single shaft, about 15 feet long; at its end, while on his back, he found what looked like claw marks all over the ceiling. Unable to identify any natural geological explanation for the cave’s existence, he eventually concluded that it was a “paleoburrow,” dug, he believes, by an extinct species of giant ground sloth.

«“I didn’t know there was such a thing as paleoburrows,” says Frank. “I’m a geologist, a professor, and I’d never even heard of them.»

Now Frank & co have found lots and lots of palæoburrows. And «“[ i ]n these burrows, sometimes you get the feeling that there’s some creature waiting around the next curve – that’s how much it feels like a prehistoric animal den,” he says.»

[Image: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/f...igging.jpg]

There's plenty of unanswered questions here. E.g. «the sheer size of the burrows is something that Frank and his colleagues are still trying to explain. Whether prehistoric sloths or armadillos were responsible, the burrows are far larger than would be necessary to shelter the animals that dug them from predators or the elements.

«The giant armadillo, the largest living member of the family, weighs between 65 and 90 pounds and is found throughout much of South America. Its burrows are only about 16 inches in diameter and up to about 20 feet long.

«“So if a 90-pound animal living today digs a 16-inch by 20-foot borrow, what would dig one five feet wide and 250 feet long?” asks Frank. “There’s no explanation – not predators, not climate, not humidity. I really don’t know.”»

Dating them is also difficult, and the geographic distribution appears to be rather bizarre. It's interesting stuff!


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  A photo history of male affection
Posted by: alexander - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:31:33 +0000, 03:31 PM - Forum: Anthropology & History - No Replies

[Image: https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploa...civil2.jpg]

I find it interesting how there seems to be an inverse correlation between how acceptable sex and intimacy are in civilised society. Attitudes towards sex are in many ways more open and relaxed than they've ever been, yet at the same time if two men hug, they must immediately resolve this transgression by ironic distancing—"no homo!"—or some other inane behaviour. Of course, these are mere tendencies (I certainly don't shout "no homo" when hugging someone else who happens to have similar genitalia to myself), but they are observable—at times nigh palpable, because they are so odd to me.

[Image: https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploa.../male2.jpg]

So I found this photo album from days of intimate openness, but sexual "closedness", rather interesting.

[Image: https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploa.../male3.jpg]

«As [homosexuality became] stigmatized and [an] onerous identifier […], men began to be much more careful to not send messages to other men, and to women, that they were gay. And this is the reason why, it is theorized, men have become less comfortable with showing affection towards each other over the last century. At the same time, it also may explain why in countries with a more conservative, religious culture, such as in Africa or the Middle East, where men do engage in homosexual acts, but still consider homosexuality the “crime that cannot be spoken,” it remains common for men to be affectionate with one another and comfortable with things like holding hands as they walk.»

[Image: https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploa.../bros1.jpg]


[Image: https://content.artofmanliness.com/uploa...shots6.jpg]

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Posted by: alexander - Sun, 14 Oct 2018 10:48:42 +0000, 10:48 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Interesting article on "red-pilling". It's about this new generation of "far right" people, and their lingo, memes, and so on. It talks about 4chan, YouTube, Infowars, Discord, and how all of these things are used to "red-pill" "normies". To "red-pill" roughly means to get people to realise that Jews control the world… or something like that? Fascinating stuff.


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  Banksy's self-destruction
Posted by: alexander - Sat, 06 Oct 2018 22:41:38 +0000, 10:41 PM - Forum: Culture & Art - No Replies

Banksy arranged for one of his best-known works to be shredded after it was sold at an auction for >£1m. Banksy built the shredder into the painting years ago, «[ i ]n case it was ever put up for auction».

Simply marvellous.


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  A history of true civilisation is not one of monuments
Posted by: alexander - Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:01:58 +0000, 08:01 PM - Forum: Anthropology & History - Replies (2)

Wengrow is back at it. This time he's upset that civilisation gets a needlessly bad rep. I concede I didn't really understand where this article is supposed to be going, and whenever I see these sort of "idea pieces" by Wengrow (or Græber), it just reads like reverse science fiction to me.

That said, I would like to read some papers on these supposed egalitarian early cities they keep referring to. Namely, papers that explain what that is supposed to mean. I have no doubt that there existed mutual aid in early cities -- there's mutual aid everywhere
today still, I engage in it daily. But what's the scope of these claims? What's the evidence? I mean this to be taken as genuine curiosity, not "digs" at Wengrow (or Græber).


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