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domingo, 27 de agosto de 2017

WISE WOLF, DUMB MEN

Source: La Estrella de Panamá.



By Wolfgang von Eschenbach, Gundhramn Hammer, Yudit E. Ruiz Sánchez & Blanca I. Ruiz Sánchez
August 27, 2017


Introduction

Wolves kill within. Men kill without.
There lies the big difference.
Gundhramn Hammer (2015)


Men hunted her down. Implacably. They brought her down. They cut the life of a precious creature. They killed her with no remorse.

When she fell dead to the ground, as if asking themselves when it would be their turn in the hands of this haughty two-legged creature, a primate that calls himself “man” and the owner of the planet with no right whatsoever, the trees around her tembled. 

It was the end of an era for her family group, for the hunters had not only killed a wolf but also an important cog in the wheel of wolf society. Her society.

Her accumulated knowledge and experience will be missed by her kind. Thereby endangering and putting at risk the survival of her family unit.

And who knows what important genes for the wolf family group were lost with her death.

Man hunts with no concern for animal genomes. Hunters tend to go after the best specimens, thus most likely affecting negatively the population dynamics and genetic structures of a particular species.

With her death, the ecosystem as a whole had also lost a priceless thread of its ancient life tapestry whose origin is lost in time.

Let us explore this world further. Such is the purpose of our article.


Wolf society and dumb men

Wolves are like humans in many respects. Wolves and humans are both top predators. Where wolves and humans live side by side, such as in Spain, conflict is expected.

Wolves can attack and kill livestock, which from the point of view of these predators are easier to hunt, thereby inflicting economic losses on man´s side.

Considering that no predators have any restraints, hungry wolves can sometimes kill too many a sheep in one night, for example.  

Most of the time this occurs indirectly, when the members of the flock panic in the presence of the wolves and try to escape from them; thereby dying of suffocation, falling in deep ravines or trampled over by other sheep. When this happens, wolves can assure human´s hatred.

Pastoralists have used dogs to protect their livestock through the ages. But wolves can sometimes kill dogs that guard flocks of sheep, droves of horses, rakes of colts, paces of asses, barrens of mules or herds of pigs, goats, cows and yaks.

This is why guard mastiffs must be protected with special neck collars and chest plates (Fig. 1).


Figure 1. Spanish mastiff wearing anti-wolf iron collar and chest plate. Source: Yo Soy Amig@ del Lobo.



Both species, wolf (Carnivora: Canidae: Canis lupus) and man (Primates: Hominidae: Homo sapiens), are highly social creatures. They both have families with complex social structures (Haber & Holleman, 2013; Zimen, 2003; Fernández-Gil et al., 2010).

Each individual in wolf society is different, with family ties and relationships, occupying its own place in a cascade of hierarchy, contributing and interacting with the rest of the family group.

Everybody is important in a wolf social group. When hunting, each adult individual plays its own role as a single unit and at the same time the entire family group behaves as a whole unit, thus beautifully flowing in the river of time and space, amazingly incorporated within the ecosystem where they have evolved through eons of time.

Thus, the she-wolf killed by the hunters knew her land to the last nook and cranny. Valuable knowledge needed to survive and live next to the most dangerous creature that has ever walked upon the face of the Earth: Man.

From a very early age, she had been taught by her mother, father and other relatives what she needed to learn to survive.

To her own life experiences, she had added what she already knew, every bit of what had come from her parents and what these in turn had acquired from theirs and so forth, in a succession of culture upon culture (i.e., “learnt behaviour”) back in time in a lineage older than man´s.

Yes, wolves are immersed in a sea of culture. An ancient culture that we have just began to understand.

But there is a big difference between wolves and humans.  

Wolves kill to survive. Whereas humans, unless they are still living in a hunting and gathering society, inhabit the frozen poles, want to hide undeclared (conscious) or incipient (subconscious) homosexual feelings by hunting or are addicted to adrenaline, or in extreme cases for survival reasons, generally speaking, kill chiefly for symbolic reasons (Cartmill, 1993). 

Also, the chase in humans can have its political tooth. For instance, hunting can be used as an excuse to gather top leaders and friends to discuss state issues at ease, before, during or after the killing spree (Fig. 2).

Figura 2. Hunting in El Rincón: Alfonso XIII, King of Spain (left), talking to the Spanish President of the Council of Ministers (right). A total of 1.270 wild animals were killed. Foto: Actualidades (1909).

 

Overall, if left alone in the wilderness, wolves are ecologically wise. 

Wolves are ecosystem engineers, i.e, they create habitats for other organisms (Video 1. En español, aquí), working for the natural ecosystem within which they live and in the long run they work towards the well-being of the Biosphere whereas mankind basically goes against the grain, working against Mother Nature as a whole.


Video 1. How wolves change rivers. Uploaded by Sustainable Human.




But remarkably, amidst this holocaust of Nature caused by man worldwide, human empathy never ceases to exist (Video 2).


Video 2. International Animal Rescue film shocking scenes of deforestation and starving orangutans. Uploaded by International Animal Rescue IAR.


However, all in all, despite their  sophistication, technological advancement and pride, humans basically function like dumb creatures, ecologically fucking stupid, otherwise they would not have turned planet Earth into a huge garbage dump (Video 3), a giant cesspool and put it in such a precarious state, negatively affecting its biodiverstiy, with many parts of the globe extremely contaminated, be it water, air or soil; with vast tracts of natural forests destroyed, the land parceled out, crisscrossed with roads, railways and highways and with abundant asphalted and concreted up areas.



Video 3. India´s massive landfill. Source: Caters TV.


Not even Earth´s high skies have escaped from man´s grasp, having filled them up with contrails and persistent contrails (chemtrails) (Video 4).



Video 4. Chemtrails: Why in the world are they spraying. Uploaded by Chemtrail Crimes.




And to make things worse, today humans are the main and only cause of a massive biodiversity collapse going on right now under their noses.

Certainly, the way man is going, he may soon finds himself alone, on a barren planet (Video 5), facing up his own extinction.


Video 5. Man in a nutshell. Uploaded by Steve Cutts.




So in a nutshell, what the hunters killed was sacred.

Behold her! Ecce a picture the wise wolf killed by men (Fig. 3). Biospherically speaking, dimwitted men, for they have yet to truly understand what they have done in the long run.


Figure 3. Wolf killed in Spain. Source: Yo Soy Amig@ del Lobo.



From the point of view of ecological intelligence, from the grand biospherical perspective, sometimes dense men can go beyond the limits of density. This is a good example of it.

Dumb because they have yet to realise that what they have killed for pleasure is not what they thought they have killed but what they thought they dreamed of having killed in a world where soon there will be nothing to kill.

Dense people who, thinking of themselves as masters of the universe, enjoy killing without, without apparent reason, not knowing that such killing without is in the end the equivalent of killing themselves within.

May she, the essence of this wise wolf killed by these abnoxious insapiens Homo sapiens, find her way to the stars and from up there somehow guide her family and tribe to a better future for her kind.

And may we learn from wolves. Wolves already are. They already are into being. Being within.

We humans have yet to find and enter such a realm, for we are now living in the Age of Having. We still are greedy children.

Humans are into having not to have to have what they need to have to live but to have whatever they can have but need not have to live, for they do not yet know when is enough to have just to be.

Having enough. Enough to step into being within.

Shedding our greed, like a snake sheds its old skin, growing up spiritually to enter within. To be within.

To be within into being. To feel, touch and become one with the totality, the total of Eternity whilst alive. To be within, before we are called back into the Earth´s energy ocean.

To be or not to be within is man´s biggest challenge!


References

Actualidades (1909). Durante la cacería en El Rincón. Madrid, Año II, 13 de enero de 1909, Nº 48: 1. 

Cartmill M. (1993). A View to a Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature through History. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. 331 p.

Fernández-Gil A., Alvares F., Vilá C. & Ordiz A. (Eds.) (2010). Los Lobos de la Península Ibérica: Propuesta para el Diagnóstico de sus Poblaciones. ASCEL (Asociación para la Conservación y Estudio del Lobo Ibérico), Palencia, España. 208 p.

Haber G. & Holleman M. (2013). Among Wolves: Gordon Haber´s Insights into Alaska´s Most Misunderstood Animal. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, AK, USA. 495 p.

Zimen E. (2003). Der Wolf: Verhalten, Ökologie und Mythos. Das Vermächtnis des bekannten Wolfsforschers. Kosmos (Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co), Stuttgart, Deutschland. 606 p.

miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

QUESTIONING "SUSTAINABLE TOURISM": TOURISTS LEAVE FARTPRINT IN PRISTINE WATERS IN NEPAL

Credit: Blanca I. Ruíz Sánchez.



By Gundhramn Hammer, Yudit E. Ruíz Sánchez & Blanca I. Ruíz Sánchez
May 24, 2017


In the beginning there was no engine. But then one day man invented the engine. As time went by, he came up with the idea of putting four wheels to a petro-fueled engine and voilà, he got a car to go around without wearing out his own biological engine. 

And soon he was completely engined. So much so that he now can´t live without these engines. 

Today, practically from day one till his death, he has his own butt stuck to some of these engines: To his beloved cars. He even makes babies inside these metallic babies!

Moreover, people are taught that a car is a symbol of progress (Thorson, 2007). 

Cities, modern man´s favourite living place, are packed with cars. It has gotten to the point that, from an urban planning perspective, the ideal city is that which achieves the maximum number of vehicles circulating for each square metre and hour, optimising the circulation with traffic lights (Thorson, 2007).

But wherever any human goes with one of these petro-fueled engines, he surely leaves a toxic fartprint behind him, one which when taken as a whole worldwide is killing him.

No corner of this world is left undisturbed without being farted up by his engines. Not even the corners of the Himalayas (Video 1):




Video 1. Tourists contaminating pristine waters with their 4-WD vehicles. Uploaded by TravelsYeti.



Now, the odd thing is that this messing up of mountain pristine waters with 4-WDs vehicles (Fig. 1, Video 1) is sometimes referred to as "sustainable tourism" by some people.


Figure 1. Contamination of rivers by tourists. Credit: Milagros S. Trullén.


What do you think about this, mon Capitaine?

Firstly, mon ami, it does not have anything to do with "sustainable tourism". Secondly, there is no such a thing as "sustainable tourism". For example, in some parts of the world where water is scarce, tourists make a great deal of demand on water supplies. Thus, water will go to the tourists and the poor folks end up with less water or dry wells (e.g., Zanzibar, Tanzania; Gössling, 2001).

Let us face it, technologised modern man is only sustainable when dead, mon ami. And many a times not even in the cemetery, for folks at funeral homes inject various toxic chemicals (e.g., formaldehyde, phenol) into human cadavers, enough time to keep them from rotting for the farewell ceremony. An embalmed human dead body is a source of contamination once is put to rest underground in the cemetery. Embalmed human cadavers may contaminate aquifers 

Furthermore, this picture becomes more complicated along polluting lines when the dead person was an alcoholic. An alcoholised body + embalming fluids = more pollution at the cemetery, provided that the body is not incinated. If so, the air will be contaminated, mon ami. And back to square one.

So, mon ami, honestly this kind of vehicle-derived tourism done in Nepal (Video 1) or anywhere else is a good example of an unsustainable human activity


References

Gössling S. (2001). The consequences of tourism for sustainable water use on a tropical island: Zanzibar, Tanzania. J. Environ. Manage., 61: 179-191. DOI: 10.1006/jema.2000.0403

Thorson O. (2007). El poder del coche. La Veu del Carrer, gener-febrer de 2007, número 100: 44. 

lunes, 8 de mayo de 2017

HUELLA FECAL HUMANA: ESQUIADORES CONTAMINAN EL RIO ARAGON

Fuente: Salvatore Scimino - YouTube.


Por Environment Detective
7 de mayo de 2017

Si eres uno de esos humanos, o tal vez un extraterrestre infiltrado entre los humanos, que se preocupa por la salud del medio ambiente, ¿te gustaría saber cómo y cuánto los esquiadores contaminan el río Aragón en Candanchú y Astún (Huesca, España)?

Para saber un poco sobre la huella fecal de los esquiadores en el Pirineo, ir AQUI.


domingo, 30 de abril de 2017

BE BIOSPHERICALLY RELIGIOUS! PLANT A TREE... PLANT TWO OR MORE TREES, AND LET THEM LIVE

Don Chopo (Populus nigra): el árbol gigante de Jaca. Foto: Milagros S. Trullén.


By H.G.M. von Österreich und von Toskana, Gundhram Hammer, Milagros S. Trullén, Judith E. Ruíz Sánchez & Blanca I. Sánchez Ruíz
30 de abril de 2017

A tree is a marvel of creation. A tree is a complex living being. A tree is full of the essence of creation.

Miracles do happen on this planet. It is just that we seldom pay attention to them or see them as such.

A tree is an example. A tree is a miracle whose life force unfolds right in front of our own eyes.

And this is not all. Trees sustain our lives on this most marvelous planet!

So, can you see the Tree?  


Planting a tree... Plant two or more trees, and let them live 

Let us the Captain and his friend, the two witty caracters that once in a while pop in Gundhramns Hammer Blog have an opinion on this most importan topic.  

Mon Capitaine, faced with so many anthropocentric religions and millions of people approaching them and praying and preying upon them with egocentric intentions all over the world, at this point in time I think that one of the best ways to be religious is planting a tree, don´t you think so?  

Oui, mon ami. I totally agree with you.

And if you plant two or more trees you will be thus more religious, mon ami. Biospherically religious, that is.

Planting trees, and if whilst you are doing it you feel and see the trees as miraculous living beings on this planet, is an excellent idea to start reconnecting your long, long lost connection with Mother Nature.

But we are not talking about planting trees to make a lot of money, whether just to give the impression to the public that your company is “green” even though it is behaving otherwise, quite lousy, somewhere else in the world or to launder huge quantities of mafia money.

If such is the case, this should then be called mafiosation of the trees.

Obviously, this has nothing to do with religion.

Besides, greedy business pursuits whether legal or illegal can drown you in a cesspool of your own creation, where nothing or nobody else matters except grabbing and stashing away tonnes of “your” money which eventually and always stays behind you when you reach the end of your timeline.

No. No, we are not talking about that.

We are talking about a new vision.

A vision with a mission.

We need a new vision on what we cannot now vision because our mindless and greedy division, in a world where there is no true division, does not allow us to have this total new vision.

We need it. Right now.

We humans are in a cul-de-sac of our own making today. If we do not get this New Vision, we could one of these days face with our own extinction.

We need to set ourselves on a new course. Now.

A fully biospherically-spirited, biosferically integrated, truly sustainable, moral, loving and respectful-minded course should be our new mission.

But not just cheap talk. We as a species have done enough of that.

We are living in critical times and it is about time we quit talking and take action.

We all must act now. We already know enough to know what to do whenever and wherever we do what we do to do what we should not do and what we should do and must do.

Let us face it, we cannot just leave these most important issues about the anthropogenic ecological crisis solely to the whims stemming from satanic egocentric politicians backed by greedy corporations because their solutions tend to be only merry-go-round pathways which, when not biospherically focused, can only lead us deeper into a mess and thus to our eventual own demise.

If you are not adding to or doing something for the sustainance and maintenance of the Biosphere and those of your own surroundings, you are then working against your own species and also against the rest of living inhabitants on Earth in the long run.

So, seize the moment now. Assure now the natural bounty for future generations of humans and nonhumans. Do not wait any longer to do something about it.

Do not let your children face the point where there will be nothing that can give them something out of nothing, for without nothing on the planet (Fig. 1) there cannot be anything at all.

Therefore... Plant a tree... Plant two or more. Be biospherically religious!

And most important: Be kind like a tree!

Does the Tree not give you the oxygen free of charge?

Yes, It does! This is kindness at its best!

Rise from your own dark mire and reach out for the Gran New Vision!

And as you move along your own timeline, always focus your mind on issues that have have to do with this new vision.

As you unfold in your passage through this universe which contains us all, since you will be acting as a fully conscious and caring living being that puts back love and sustainance back into Mother Nature to make something out of your nothingness, carefully walking on an ecologically sound path as much as you can, sooner or later you will sense the River of Life itself to its fullness moving, the miracle within your heart. There lies happiness!

So, seize the key! Seize the moment!  


Do you see the tree now? 

 Have you ever seen a tree? Most likely your answer will be yes.

But if you haven´t seen a tree as a Miracle of Life on this Planet, you have not seen one yet.

Remember, culture binds us and makes us blind from day one. Furthermore, culture sculpts the perceptual brain” (Goh & Park, 2009). 

So, take off your cultural glasses, or at least try. Bring silence into your brain storms and then, find and come close to a Tree.

Do you see It?

Is It not a Miracle?

Do you see the Tree now, mon ami?

Oui, mon Capitaine! And there is nothing that compares to a Tree in life! A Tree is a Miracle! Indeed!!!

Do you see It? Yes, you, the reader?


Dedication

We dedicate this post to Don Chopo (Populus nigra), the biggest tree in Jaca (Huesca, Spain). A tree whose life we, along with hundreds of Spanish tree lovers, have defended “a capa y espada” (all the way) from those ignorant and haughty folks who want to finish its life in the neighbourhood. We love this Tree! We love all trees! We love Mother Nature!


References

Goh J.O. & Park D.C. (2009). Culture sculpts the perceptual brain. In: Pp: 95-111, Cultural Neuroscience: Cultural Influences on Brain Function, Chiao J.Y. (Ed.), Progress in Brain Research Volume 178, Chapter 7, Elsevier, Oxford, UK. 316 pp.