Occupy Chicago

from Occupy Chicago’s mission statement:

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
This list of grievances is non-inclusive.

To the people of the world,
We, Occupy Chicago, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
We pledge to do the same.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!


Striving for the Planet

by Leslie Loy



Originally published in the Summer 2009 issue of Biodynamics. Leslie Loy is Executive Director of WeStrive.org (new website coming in September 2009), a social network of individuals and initiatives committed to deeper community and more effective social action by supporting spiritually striving individuals and initiatives.

In a recent commencement speech at Portland State University, Paul Hawken proclaimed to the graduating students, “This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules — like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat — have been broken.” His words struck a cord with the audience, drawing attention to the fact that our world, the planet we live on, is hiring invigorated, enthusiastic people who are inherently brilliant. The new generation of graduates, “the Millennials,” as Eric Utne recently wrote, are filled with “a sense of urgency about the future with a belief that they and we can and must change our direction. They know what is being asked of them, and they’re stepping up to the challenge.” These young people are world-changers who are not afraid of failing, but rather of not doing, of not taking action and responding to the call of the planet, of the poor, and of the disenchanted. They are motivated by their friends and family and are facing the world full-on, asking themselves what they can do, how they can make a difference, who they can collaborate with.

The ability to collaborate is critical. Recent grassroots-driven campaigns have demonstrated the importance of alliance building between initiatives to create real-world change. Not only do activists need to be able to understand their own work, but they also need to understand how their work reflects the greater picture. Using their imaginations, these individuals need to be able to discern the threads that connect questions, finding similarities and possible complements in how they are addressing particular social questions or issues. Ultimately, they need to be able to step outside of their isolated work and to understand that today’s social activism means engaging with the whole, not so that they can protest against it, but so that they can transform it. They are now discovering that to work alone is unrealistic and recognizing that the work they are doing takes place in the world and therefore their work must be with the world.

Viktor Schauberger

From Wikipedia:

Schauberger and his works have become part of an internet-based conspiracy theory claiming that Schauberger invented free energy/perpetual motion devices and that this was “covered up” by the US government. Schauberger never claimed to have invented perpetual motion machines, but instead stated that he used the Earth’s natural power.

Due to issues with translation from German to English, a number of papers and publications are in broken English. In Implosion magazine, a magazine released by Schauberger’s family, he said that aeronautical and marine engineers had incorrectly designed the propeller. He stated:

“As best demonstrated by Nature in the case of the aerofoil maple-seed, today’s propeller is a pressure-screw and therefore a braking screw, whose purpose is to allow the heavy maple-seed to fall parachute-like slowly towards the ground and to be carried away sideways by the wind in the process. No bird has such a whirling thing on its head, nor a fish on its tail. Only man made use of this natural brake-screw for forward propulsion. As the propeller rotates, so does the resistance rise by the square of the rotational velocity. This is also a sign that this supposed propulsive device is unnaturally constructed and therefore out of place.”[6]

Whilst the notion of a propeller being natural or unnatural is subjective, the maximum efficiency of the propeller can be considered. As a comparison, the fastest propeller-driven aircraft ever to fly, the Tupolev Tu-114 had a top-speed of 541 miles per hour, but a jet engine using suction and internal compressive forces can break the sound barrier.

Not everything that undergoes air or water resistance experiences an increase in drag with the square of velocity. Some insect wings rely on turbulence created by a previous wing beat to increase the efficiency of the stroke, and hence decrease the acting drag which uses less energy.

He has also been quoted as making the claim:

“Water is a living substance!”

and some of his language using scientific terms has been translated in incorrect ways. In another edition of Implosion Magazine, he says:

“In contrast, all ‘technical’ machines, i.e. all dynamos, turbines, pressure pumps, propellers, explosion and steam driven engines, all furnaces, gas and electric heating appliances, all soil-tilling and harvesting machinery, etc. provide a developmentally harmful ex-pulse to initiate motion. Because of this and without exception, the atom lattice thus moved ruptures, resulting in the disintegration of the molecular (bacteriophagous) formations in suspension. In unnaturally moved air or water decadent stresses appear, causing the decay of the decisive energy-concentrates. This leads to the build-up of decadent potential and the decomposition of the blood of the Earth, and thus to a total economic collapse along the whole course of development.”[7]

The claim that a bacteriophage can exist in an atomic lattice is inaccurate, notably because a bacteriophage is approximately 1 thousand times larger than the gaps in a crystal structure. However it is evident that he had used the term atom generically to refer to particles, commonplace for his era, which contextually for his comment about bacteriophage in soil holds to be true as soil particles indeed host between them bacteria the disturbance of which breaks their bonds to surrounding material and organisms, thereby depleting soil’s vitality.

A little history:

In 1934 Viktor met with Hitler[citation needed], and had discussions about fundamental principles of agriculture, forestry and water engineering.[citation needed] Schauberger is believed to have lent his ideas in order to aid the German Reich. Although whether this was under duress or willingly is still a matter of debate;[citation needed] it appears that his aim was to see his theories put to the test (he had offered his log flume designs to several countries). There is no indication that he supported Nazism, and his private feelings about the Nazis seem to have been disdainful. At any rate, his later (post-1941) work for the regime was enforced by the threat of execution, Schauberger being a KZ concentration camp prisoner at that time.

on biodynamics and humus, microorganisms

Biomes are defined as “the world’s major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment” (Campbell).

The following text excerpted from:


Gardening in Santa Fe since 1981, I have come to know her soils rather well. Over the years, we have responded in a thoughtful manner, which has proven to be mutually beneficial. Given the changing weather patterns of our planet, inclusive of the Southwest, harvesting and organizing water, land contouring, cultivating and restoring the soil, while balancing its alkalinity, are all essential to ensure renewing, sustained vitality and beautiful, healthy results. It is also wise to group plants compatible in cultural and moisture needs. An appropriate layer of mulch buffers temperature extremes and retains moisture and soil coolness.

Integral to biodynamic practices is the building of a soil/plant partnership that is self-regulating — i.e plant growth in direct proportion to vitality in the soil to actively decompose organic materials. So the intention in our cultivating practices is aimed toward improving the receptive capacity of our soil — its inner liveliness. This process is enhanced by the quality of balanced life force found in biodynamic compost. Reference to these life forces is reflected in the name, originating from the Greek, as bio-life and dynamis-energy. This agricultural and gardening practice was derived from a series of lectures that Rudolf Steiner presented to gardeners, farmers, and veterinarians in June 1924 in Koberwitz, Silesia, which is now part of Poland.

Biodynamic compost is built in layers, utilizing dry-green matter, manures, garden soil or similar, water, and six compost preparations inserted into the body of the pile.

These preparations are specially made plant-derived substances which radiate energies through the pile and which organize and balance aerobic fermentation in the breakdown process. They serve as catalysts, directing the decomposition and buildup of materials in the pile while bringing about a speedy and even breakdown. In other words, they lead the fermentation in an optimizing direction. Steiner designated yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, valerian, dandelion, and oak bark, as those members of the plant kingdom which hold particular element(s) in the best possible form and/or ratio for use by the soil. These preparations facilitate transference of cosmic forces into an organic connection.

Maggie Lee gardenWith this method, the organic matter is more thoroughly digested, thereby influencing the formation of stabilized humus, which is the capacity of organic matter in ripened compost to store nutrients and moisture. Humus is the breakdown and transformation of raw organic matter into simpler compounds and, through proper combination of soil bacteria, it re-assembles compounds to become complex lasting substance.

In the garden we can discover “a tablespoon of good topsoil will have billions of microorganisms, all in varying states of growth, death and reproduction. Humus is, more or less, the persistent residue of this biological activity. Although a tiny fraction of soil by weight, the presence, condition and activity of this humus is very effective in enlivening, stimulating and re-awakening the life forces in the Earth, soil and plants” (Mason Vollmer, 2005 Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendar). James Lovelock, in his recent book on Gaia reminds: “[I]t is the ‘underworld of Nature’ . . . for the most part, these denizens of the soil, the micro-organisms, the fungi, worms, slime molds and the trees — that keep Gaia going.”

Yumiko Yoshioka about her workshop…

The body is a receptacle of time.
Through an exploration down to a groundless stage of collective memories in our past,
we can strike a vein of abundant resources, enriching the essence of our life.

Everything is connected,
Everything is in resonance with each other in this cosmos.
Body Resonance is a key to open up the ever – changing world inside and outside of us – metamorphosis.
She helps the body to open secret doors, extracting the essence from a workshop participant,
holding it until it shines and trembles.
Her background in Butoh, Noguchi Gymnastics, Yoga  and Juken ( chinese soft martial Arts) fill her
with inspiration and flowing energy.

Relaxation lets energy flow, concentration collects the power in your center, imagination is a vehicle
that travels around secret moments.

At first we work consciously towards these objectives until we reach the automatic state of moving.
Through a dialogue with our body, we learn not how to move, but to be moved.
Consequently we realize that we are a part of the  Universal, the  wholeness…
I call my dance approach (or my body work) “Body Resonance.”
The world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves
that create constant resonances like echoes.
When we tune our body to a certain frequency,
we consequently get a resonance, and according to the frequency,
we get different resonances. In order for this to happen,
we need to first get rid of unnecessary tension.
We make a white canvas of our body in order to paint a new color on it.
I teach this as neutralization, encouraging a close to a zero-state,
scouring off rust and polishing antenna to catch waves from a profound layer of the body.

Butoh (dance) for me activates divergent body energies that are usually
not seen or permitted in our daily life. In other words, as our body is
a receptacle of time, we can evoke its forgotten memories through dance.
Butoh has the intensity to trigger that process, because it creates heat
through friction and cold through stillness. The transformations and
concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form, melt down our
armor of ego, as our stiff cells and sealed memories float in the primal
liquid of time.

My workshop, hopefully, can offer a help
to enjoy that transformative /transcendental process of our entire presence.

Yumiko Yoshioka (TEN PEN CHii art labor)
c/o Schloss Broellin, D- 17309 Fahrenwalde,   Germany
cellure phone  +49-175-780-9991 (only in Europe)