Comments for WilderUtopia.com http://www.wilderutopia.com coexisting into the great unknown Mon, 11 May 2015 11:05:47 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Detroit Future: Landscape Urbanism, Antidote to Industrial Blight by NKhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-future-landscape-urbanism-antidote-to-industrial-blight/#comment-192484 Mon, 11 May 2015 11:05:47 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=6788#comment-192484 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-kotting/our-architecture-ourselve_b_7223446.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit&ir=Detroit

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Comment on Sorry, Democrats, Hillary Clinton is Not a Progressive by Madge Torreshttp://www.wilderutopia.com/politics/sorry-democrats-hillary-clinton-is-not-a-progressive/#comment-191733 Sun, 03 May 2015 02:32:42 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=9516#comment-191733 This article covers all the topics of concern and backs them up with facts. We need to get out and support Bernie Sanders now. If we help him win the primary, he’ll win the Presidency.

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Comment on Chumash Stories: Julie Tumamait-Stenslie Speaks at Ojai by Jack Eidthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/traditions/myth/chumash-stories-julie-tumamait-stenslie-speaks-at-ojai/#comment-191547 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:41:17 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=2545#comment-191547 Sorry, Felicia and Marilyn, but while Julie Tumamait-Stenslie is featured in this post and others on the site, she is not involved in its publication and will not receive your message. I wish you luck contacting her. She regularly appears in and around Ojai. Thanks for checking in!

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Comment on Chumash Stories: Julie Tumamait-Stenslie Speaks at Ojai by felicia ericksonhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/traditions/myth/chumash-stories-julie-tumamait-stenslie-speaks-at-ojai/#comment-191496 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:26:05 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=2545#comment-191496 Hi Julie my name is felicia Erickson. My uncle Daniel Lara told me to contact you and maybe u could help me. My family is frank w. Lamps and my great aunt is carmalita lemos. If you could please contact me asap I would greatly appreciate it. My gmail is Erickson Felicia I gmail.com.

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Comment on Hello Urbanism: Southern California Sprawl Grows Up by Grow up – now out – a good idea | RE-Prep-Commercialhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/hello-urbanism-southern-california-sprawl-grows-up/#comment-191250 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:54:34 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3473#comment-191250 […] see … http://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/hello-urbanism-southern-california-sprawl-grows-up/ […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt: The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit | BillMoyers.comhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-191089 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:22:08 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-191089 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future superior […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - Chicago Times Posthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190761 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:05:23 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190761 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - Houston Sun Posthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190759 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:56:16 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190759 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - Denver Sun Posthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190756 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:36:53 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190756 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - Seattle Sun Posthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190754 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:24:07 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190754 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - LA Sun Posthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190751 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:17:05 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190751 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - Kansas City Sun Timeshttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190748 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:04:35 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190748 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - Cleveland Sun Posthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190746 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:32:39 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190746 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future […]

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Comment on Detroit Works: Urban Farming and Reforestation as Neighborhood Preservation by A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt - LiberalVoiceLiberalVoice — Your source for everything about liberals and progressives! — News and tweets about everything liberals and progressiveshttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/detroit-works-urban-farming-and-reforestation-as-neighborhood-preservation/#comment-190735 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:20:06 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3850#comment-190735 […] down-and-out neighborhoods have been transformed into ponds. Or, to be more precise, they have been turned into “water retention basins” that planners believe will offer the Detroit of the future superior […]

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Comment on Dietary Fasting: Detoxification, Spirit Healing and Rejuvenation – By Jack Eidt by Spirit Healing and Rejuvenation through Fasting :: Mystic Farehttp://www.wilderutopia.com/health/dietary-fasting-detoxification-spirit-healing-and-rejuvenation-by-jack-eidt/#comment-190440 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:21:57 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=3753#comment-190440 […] To read the original of this post click here. […]

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Comment on Communal Utopia: The Farm in Rural Tennessee by A Visual Adventure Into Hippy Communes For Those Who Missed The ’70s | Earth. We are one.http://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/communal-utopia-the-farm-in-rural-tennessee/#comment-190426 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:39:22 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=7330#comment-190426 […] Sources: wilderutopia.com,  talesmaze.com,  teacherontheradio.com,  blogspot.ca,  messynessychic.com […]

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Comment on Honduras: Mega-Tourism and Garifuna Communities Collide by Honduran politicians talk about U.S. Marines arriving | lucianothewriterhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/international/earth/honduras-mega-tourism-and-garifuna-communities-collide/#comment-190398 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:47:15 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=7451#comment-190398 […] http://www.wilderutopia.com/international/earth/honduras-mega-tourism-and-garifuna-communities-colli… […]

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Comment on Cowspiracy: Animal Agriculture Despoils Land, Water and Climate by Jack Eidthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/health/cowspiracy-animal-agriculture-despoils-land-water-and-climate/#comment-190164 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:51:13 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=8959#comment-190164 Steven Zwick in Examiner.com: In regards to “facts” Cowspiracy starts by referring to the 2006 FAO long shadow report. Though the film fails to refer to the more recent 2013 revisions to that report that lower the prior report’s livestock emission numbers , and states that agricultural emissions can be cut additional 30% with better management practices. So essentially the movie starts with an often quoted, but still a false premise. The movie than goes on to reference numbers from the late vegan activist Robert Goodland’s 2009 World Watch report that haven’t been widely accepted by the greater community since the way Goodland generates his numbers is dubious at best since Goodland takes only half of the equation of cycles without factoring in the other half of cycles that mitigate emissions. Plus Goodland uses scenarios that maximize his emission numbers.

So there is obviously no reference to the Union of Concerned Scientists 2011 report that states: “Climate-friendly beef production practices reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions while increasing carbon sequestration.”

There also isn’t any reference to more recent EPA’s numbers that put all agricultural emissions at 10% well below the energy and transportation sectors of 30% and 27% respectively.

But again like with 2016: Obama’s America, this film isn’t about balance. It’s a propaganda piece. So aside from a few clips from Michael Pollen, all the “experts” quoted are die hard vegan activists like Richard Oppenlander, Will Tuttle, Demosthenes Maratos, David Simon. There aren’t any other voices. No one from the Savory Institute, Carbon Nation or the Grass Fed Exchange. It’s like having Dick Cheney, Sean Hanity, John McCain, and Mitt Romney discuss Obama’s foreign policy on Faux News. There’s absolutely no effort at balance. The film repeatedly returns to Oppenlander, someone who mocks local food systems and the word sustainable while advocating for processed vegan energy bars. Oppenlander even goes so far in the film to blame all the dead zones in waterways on cattle farming without the slightest critique of large agricultural use of synthetic fertilizers or monocultures. During the film’s discussion of rainforest conversion there’s also no discussion on what role land speculation plays in deforestation.

At the end of the film, the movie goes so far as to suggest that veganic agriculture can replace all animal inputs without exploring the emissions of composting at large scale, the impact of tillage, the reality of seasons, lands not suitable for crops, and the dearth of minerals from just composting green matter.

But then again, this is a fairly simple minded film whose agenda wouldn’t be as clear or convincing to non-critical vegangelicals who are this film’s most boisterous advocates and who probably have spent very little to no time on ranches or farms. Again like 2016: Obama’s America, Cowspiracy is about spreading propaganda to further its agenda and not an in depth or real discussion on what needs to be done or can be done to reduce global emissions. By being so uncompromising in its position on any animal husbandry or meat consumption, the film fractures communities of people who should be united against factory farms, CAFO’s and feedlots, by turning them into antagonists. Then again with many of the speeches I’ve listened to by abolitionist vegans, I cynically believe that is these abolitionists’ hidden intent.

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Comment on Cowspiracy: Animal Agriculture Despoils Land, Water and Climate by Jack Eidthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/health/cowspiracy-animal-agriculture-despoils-land-water-and-climate/#comment-190163 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:43:41 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=8959#comment-190163 Steven Zwick in Examiner.com: Cowspiracy, like the movie 2016 Obama’s America on the far right (or Michael Moore films on the left), uses “facts” and talking heads to further the filmmaker’s particular agenda. Under the guise of concern for climate change, Cowspiracy’s agenda is pretty clear: it’s to promote abolitionist veganism which is pretty much fundamentalist veganism meaning it allows for no compromises. Abolitionist vegans want to get rid of all livestock. To that end, the film even goes so far as to ironically borrow industrial cattle industry talking points almost verbatim to argue against any alternatives, in particular smaller pastured cattle ranchers, by quoting abolitionist vegan activist and NYC urbanite Demosthenes Maratos (aka @nycVeganPunk) while glibly dismissing Allan Savory along with methods Savory champions including carbon sequestration, methane oxidation and holistic management. (Methods that all help against climate change that use cattle in an environmentally beneficial way). The industrial cattle industry uses their talking points against small ranchers since small ranchers critique their industrial systems (especially input intensive environmentally unsound ones) and take market share by providing consumers with a more ethical and environmentally friendly alternative. (So no, contrary to the communications director, NYC vegan punk’s, bold-faced lie, pastured cattle are NOT worse for the environment because they live longer. Cattle managed properly may be used to help combat climate change especially by being an integral part of a system that sequesters carbon and methane into healthier soils- see Cows Save the Planet by Judith D. Scwartz).

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Comment on Cowspiracy: Animal Agriculture Despoils Land, Water and Climate by Jack Eidthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/health/cowspiracy-animal-agriculture-despoils-land-water-and-climate/#comment-190161 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:30:51 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=8959#comment-190161 Jamilla Zane from SF Weekly: The claims that cows are our biggest source of greenhouse gas is both untrue and presented in a misleading fashion. The IPCC, a UN panel made up of thousands of scientists, representing 97 countries, has made it incredibly clear that the burning of fossil fuels is the greatest contributor to climate change by far. It directly emits co2 into the atmosphere, which is less dense than methane, but accumulates and stays in the atmosphere for up to 200 years – so you can see why this period of rapid industrialisation holds a lot of unknown consequences for the environment. Methane on the other hand, is more dense, but stays in the atmosphere only for around 20-30 years and does not hold the extreme and cumulative warming potential of fossil fuels. While agriculture is not good for the environment in terms of water, land use, methane and land change – it is certainly not a ‘conspiracy’ that environmentalists are ignoring, nor is it the primary source of emissions fuelling dangerous climate change..

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Comment on Austria: Energy-Efficient Office Tower Rises Over the Danube by Unsustainability of Starchitect Spectacle | WilderUtopia.comhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/austria-energy-efficient-office-tower-rises-over-the-danube/#comment-189940 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:12:20 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=6796#comment-189940 […] STORY: Austria: Energy-Efficient Office Tower Rises Over the Danube […]

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Comment on Communal Utopia: The Farm in Rural Tennessee by Jack Eidthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/communal-utopia-the-farm-in-rural-tennessee/#comment-189348 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:33:42 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=7330#comment-189348 Hi David. Thank you for reaching out. I have added the photo credit to you. Apologies for not knowing it was your photo. -Jack

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Comment on Peyote Guardians: The Huichol Struggle of Life and Spirit by Scotthttp://www.wilderutopia.com/traditions/peyote-guardians-the-huichol-struggle-of-life-and-spirit/#comment-189306 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:05:37 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=8750#comment-189306 The writer states:

“It’s an uneven and controversial fight, which stimulates the complex global debate between ancestral cultural values , the exploitation of nature and the inevitable development of peoples.”

I don’t agree that this kind of “development” is inevitable. That’s why people raise their voice against what they see as ecologically or ethically disastrous proposals, so that they won’t come to pass. Governments left and right are selling out to transnationals and leaving local communities in the toxic waste dump. Is this inevitable? I’m sure the transnationals would love you to believe so.

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Comment on Communal Utopia: The Farm in Rural Tennessee by David Frohmanhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/communal-utopia-the-farm-in-rural-tennessee/#comment-189267 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:05:38 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=7330#comment-189267 The picture of Gaskin and the people of the Farm at Sunday Service MUST be credited to David Frohman.
It was given a one time use for American Commune and any further use must be credited to the copyright holder.
I expect a reply.
Thank You

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Comment on Songdo, South Korea: Utopian City of Big Data and Urban “Sustainability” by Earth Sheltered Homes: Energy-Efficient, Living With the Land | WilderUtopia.comhttp://www.wilderutopia.com/sustainability/land/songdo-south-korea-utopian-city-of-big-data-and-urban-sustainability/#comment-188996 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:47:26 +0000 http://www.wilderutopia.com/?p=7311#comment-188996 […] STORY: Songdo, South Korea: Utopian City of Big Data and Urban “Sustainability” […]

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