mpchgwb
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My self-summary
My friend sent me a pic of a shirt; "ride bikes and grow food", it read. That fits.

I love biodiversity above all, and try to act like it.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying to make the world a better place without allowing myself to stare into the abyss so much that I probably break down and cry-eye.

Wearing my carhartt on my sleeve.

I've walked across India with Gandhi's grandson. I battled the cops in the streets of Seattle in '99. I locked my neck to a tree at the Yerkes primate research center in Atlanta. I fought the G8 on the historic battlefield of Sterling in Scotland, and through the fields into the streets of Heiligendamm in Germany. I was jailed on a Friday after climbing a fence into a naval nuclear facility, shutting it down briefly, and thus taking offline the 1st strike nuclear capability of all Trident submarines, only to be released on Monday and learn of Pakistan and India's successful nuclear tests. Years later I dined with Sonia Gandhi on the 75th anniversary recreation of Gandhi's Salt March, and I lectured her on nukes and fasted in protest of a just-announced arms deal with the US for F-16 aircraft.

I'm a graduate of a snotty liberal arts school where I studied biology and music. I spent a semester in Kenya, and 3.5 months in Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. Al Gore invited me to Nashville to learn how to give his presentation on Global Warming as featured in the film "An Inconvenient Truth", and I remain a presenter with The Climate Reality Project. I have a Permaculture Design Certificate under Doug Bullock of the Orcas Island Bullock Brothers fame, and another from Graham Burnett and William Faith's first vegan PDC taught at Wild Earth Permaculture Farm and Sanctuary in Kentucky during the summer of 2015. I want to do more cool stuff.

I'd quite like to learn to sail tall ships or "Triloboats" on the ocean, with an eye towards future oil-free international transport. Starting more co-ops, CSAs, community orchards. Forever say goodbye to American suburbia! What a catastrophic mistake of civilization the last 100+ years have been. We've blown millions of years of stored solar energy on unsustainable infrastructure and plastic garbage. Our rock and roll lifestyle has been at the expense of not only the world's current poor, but all future generations. Oops.

If there's nothing left to do but fiddle as Rome burns, I want the song to be really fucking good.
I’m really good at
being modest, and quoting songs in daily conversation. Non-violent communication. Teaching. Entertaining kids. Fixing things. Cooking. Remembering things I've read or seen, faces, names, and details. Providing a bubble of safety to those around me. Creating real community! Confronting corporate death culture with humor and hope and shit.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hair and height. Or that I'm eloquent as... that one guy. You know; with the thingy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love books; they've always been some of my best friends. From Yale to Jail by David Dellinger (softcover version from Rose Hill Books...the hardcover was censored) is an amazing activist autobiography. Plan B 4.0, World on the Edge, and Full Planet, Empty Plates are available free online at http://www.earthpolicy.org , and sum up the current global situation, with solutions and a planetary budget. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein(disaster capitalism). The LOTR trilogy, which seems useful primarily for the "return to the shire" segment in the last tome. Somebody write to me about that already, for pete's sake. I read Ralph Nader's Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, and it's a thought I've had myself in recent years. When a person with Nader's considerable experience and analysis concludes that only a well-funded intervention can save the planet, you know things are pretty dire. I like to read to people, by the way. Or sing-read in my worst Sean Connery impersonation. Starhawk's everything, despite my many disagreements permaculture-wise. Chris Hedges is a great mind; I read his columns and books, despite the Christian thematic material. War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is an earthquake. Empire of Illusion: The Death of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle is quite the ride as well(inverted totalitarianism)! His last chapter in Days of Disaster, Days of Revolt is a heavy hit. Helen Caldicott always rules. Kathy Kelly is a modern hero everybody should know and read. Ammon Hennacy's Book of Ammon, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, A People's History of the United States, Excuse Me, Mr. President by Rick Paul Springer. Invisible Heroes is the best book on PTSD that I've read. Everything Arundhati Roy writes or says in interviews or addresses. The same is true for CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, Amy Goodman, Vandana Shiva, Cindy Sheehan, Snowden, Assange, and Chelsea Manning.

The film Manufacturing Consent had a significant impact on me, and I think it's important that people see it if they haven't the time or patience to read the book (by Chomsky and Herman). An Inconvenient Truth is vital as well. David Suzuki was in a documentary called Suzuki Speaks, and it sums up what I believe to be an accurate world view. I need to understand more about the role of visual media in society, and what its capabilities are for creating meaningful changes. I'm already all on top of the New Organizing Institute angle, but haven't thought about film, tv, and 'net films. Pan's Labyrinth. Being John Malkovich. Fight Club. UHF. Kingpin. The Princess Bride. Edward Scissorhands.

I like Democracy Now!, and GritTV, and the networks FreeSpeechTV and LinkTV, but I don't watch any regularly, have no TV, and don't stream stuff on a computer or netflix, etc. Not that I wouldn't, I just don't find or make the time when left to my own devices.

I nearly categorically adore Queen, The Dead Milkmen, and Joe Jack Talcum. Joni Mitchell's "Blue" album is delicious. Corrosion of Conformity's "Deliverance". They Might Be Giants are fun from time to time. Anthrax's "Sound of White Noise". Savatage, or Jon Oliva's Pain. I am a minor metal head, but only the good stuff. The three greatest instruments are, in no particular order, the human voice, distorted electric guitar, and pipe organ. The Roches. Beatallica. Nanci Griffith. Cat Stevens. Freedie Johnston. Bad music sucks, but I really like good music. Weird Al. I think listening to Bob Ross talk about painting qualifies. Billy Bragg's aminos. Must I paint you a picture?

Do you like American Music? (Violent Femmes) U. Utah Phillips.

Foods that are prepared with care(vegan) and consumed communally are best.

Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman, Paula Poundstone, and Emo Philips are some people with whom I laugh.
The six things I could never do without
Intelligent discourse(community), active resistance, interactions with wilderness(belonging), playtime(fun), questions and answers, and music making. These are all the same, only the names have changed.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The Climate Crisis, global warming, climate change, inverted totalitarianism, veganism, returning the atmosphere to pre-industrial carbon dioxide equivalent levels, reversing the extinction rates, fostering the expansion of biodiversity, civil rights, education, pollution, food and water security.

I also think about how songs are like tattoos, and how I've been to the sea before.

What I've done for a Klondike bar that I will not do again, but don't regret.

Improving diet via application of the nutritional information available at http://www.nutritionfacts.org ; it's an amazing resource!
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't have typical Friday nights; the concept of the work week doesn't apply to me currently.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You can see me 1/2 nude in the widescreen version of the Hollywood film, "Battle in Seattle" about 23 minutes in, on the left. I hope you find the electrical tape entertaining. (genderqueer genderfuck lesbian avenger Act UP San Francisco)

If the world were better off, I'd be a hairdresser/puppeteer/permaculturist/ musician/ecologist/teacher/composer.

The tyranny of my internal jukebox cannot be overstated.

I shed a tear at Toy Story 2, and X-Men 2, but not at either of the 3rds.

Growing up, my 'rents owned a belly dancing and singing telegram company.
You should message me if
If you are currently behaving in a respectable manner as a global citizen, or aspire to.

You're well aware that life isn't just for getting, for taking, or for experiencing, but most meaningful when devoted to sharing.

You can stand my explanations to some of the questions.

If you are the eagle, and you live in high country.

You're vegan as fuck, understand the Climate Crisis(or want to), have Non-Violent Direct Action(NVDA)/Civil Disobedience CDexperience, are or want to be car-free, enjoy constructively mefussing shituff up, or think we have common interests or experiences. You have some degree of class consciousness. You'd like the idea of singing and reading and music making with somebody.

For folks who aren't American, and/or who have lived in a 3rd world situation, I salute you! I'm seriously open to relocating. New Zealand tops my short list. People already tied down to the US needn't be shy, and persons with children are welcome. "RPCV's", unless you're repentant, can move along.

It's beyond time to grow food, become energy independent, and build local community. Unfortunately, there's not another Earth to which we might relocate.

I'm expending a lifetime of effort towards creating a better world. If sharing in that doesn't sound wonderful to you, I shouldn't, either.

Message me if you'd like to be my neighbor. Won't you please? (That's a Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood reference, for those who wonder what the hell I'm talking about.)

WTSHTF
vegan
freegan
anarchist
activist
anticapitalista anticapitalist
lactivism, intactivism, unschooling,
and attachment parenting if any.
scientist
single payer healthcare
atheist
certified permaculturist permaculture
ecologist
musician
nerd geek
mechanic
diy
idealist
parecon!

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