Monday, April 25, 2016

Renewable Energy Unsustainable

Energy demand is much more than electricity. Electricity is only 18% of energy demand worldwide. 82% of energy demand is for manufacturing, transportation, housing and food production--using fossil fuels.

Solar and wind energy currently provide 3% of total world energy demand. Switching to electric vehicles would double electrical demand, requiring burning more fossil fuels and mining of rare earth minerals for batteries, often in regions that are militantly resistant to having their homelands ravaged.

Electrical storage and grid infrastructure for solar and wind energy creates increased energy demand to mine minerals, as well as to manufacture and transport materials for this new infrastructure. Mining and manufacture of solar and wind infrastructure generates toxic waste, as well as polluted air and water.

Solar and wind energy systems have to be replaced every 30 years. It takes a ton of coal to make a dozen solar panels. Renewable energy without massive cuts in energy demand is thus unsustainable. With two million people born every week, consumerism and militarism are wasteful energy habits we can no longer afford.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cole's Contemptible Finale

A Five-Act Tragedy*

*Based on Netwar at Cherry Point: White Power on the Salish Sea, a story about the pursuit of truth, democratic renewal, and the holy spirit.

1.      desecrating the sacred
2.      lavishing the hateful
3.      corrupting the civic
4.      intimidating the upright
5.      promoting the resentful
In a tragic comedy worthy of Shakespeare, Craig Cole, political consultant to Pacific International Terminals, has threatened two journalists and publications for exposing an apparent anti-Indian strategy by his employer, and for linking the anti-Indian hate campaign by right-wing media and the Tea Party to the political climate Pacific International Terminals actively created through its inflammatory deceptions, cynically exploited by hate campaign entrepreneurs working in tandem with white supremacists.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Place for Everyone

There is a place for everyone. For Hillary and Bill, that would be Tallahassee and Leavenworth.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


All men choose the path they walk.
--Archie Roach

Saturday, August 15, 2015

ISEA 2015

Art and electronics symposium in Vancouver.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


We navigated the salmon tender fleet through the Inside Passage along the coast of British Columbia into the Alexander Archipelago of Southeast Alaska. More often than not, we did this in fog or rain or sleet or drizzle or dark of night. Sometimes surprised by icebergs, others delighted by cruising gray whales or leaping porpoise, long stretches of sky, forest, and water melding into monochrome liquidity as calm between the storms.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Wild Jack

Famed mountaineer Jack Turner talks about wildness, conservation, and its simulation in digital identity.