Saturday, 31 May 2014

2014 C.L.R. James Memorial Lecture in London on Thursday, June 19

The C.L.R. James Legacy Project will be hosting the 2014 C.L.R. James Memorial 
Lecture in London on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at:
Dalston C.L.R. James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ.

We are privileged to have writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali  to 
deliver the lecture.

More details and publicity to follow but please save the date and to book visit:

This event is organised by Hackney Unites in partnership with BEMA and Hackney 
Library Services,


Looking Back..Looking Forward – C.L.R.  James Annual Memorial Lecture 2014
 A lecture on the life and work of C.L.R James and its relevance today
with Tariq Ali
IT HAS BEEN OVER 20 years sine C.L.R. James’ (1901-1989) passing yet he remains 
one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable thinkers. Join Tariq Ali (writer, 
journalist, and filmmaker) in conversation, discussing his legacy and its 
relevance today
Where:Dalston C.L.R. James library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ
When: Thursday 19th June 7-9pm

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

wifi but no electricity

Both Tim Hortons and McDonalds advertize their 24 hour service with free wifi. Nanaimo's 24 hour place close to the ferry terminal does not have any plugs. Campbell River McDonalds and Tim Horton's have one plug each.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

anti inflammatory webinar June 2

Lately, you've probably been hearing a lot about inflammation. Unfortunately, inflammation is a modern plague, driven by stress and improper nutrition. Today inflammatory diseases abound, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, heartburn, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Modern scientific understanding tells us that chronic, silent inflammation is also at the root of heart diseases, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.

So, you know it can cause a lot of problems, and that you can't always see or feel it. But what can you do about it in your day-to-day life so you can get healthy or stay that way?

KP KhalsaFor answers, please join us on Monday, June 2nd for a free webinar on the
Anti-Inflammatory Life with natural health expert and President of the American Herbalists Guild, K.P. Khalsa.

If you would like to know more about living an anti-inflammatory life, discovering the foods, herbs, and activities that will keep you healthy and happy, then the Anti-Inflammatory Life webinar is for you.

During this webinar, you will learn:
·         how to discover your excess inflammation
·         the top 7 ways to treat inflammation
·         how to be anti-inflammatory for the rest of your life
·         a holistic total approach to living inflammation-free


Save My Spot
(The webinar is pre-recorded, so please click on the button to receive access to it at a time convenient for you.)

Date & Time:  The webinar will be available starting at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT on Monday, June 2nd.
                             The presentation will take about 50 minutes. Please join us when you are able.
If you’d like to ask us questions ahead of time, feel free to message us on Facebook, or send an email to

We hope you can join us!

PS. We offer lots of great courses that expand on the insights KP is going to share. Take a look at our course offerings to learn more.

Friday, 16 May 2014

The Connection between Inflammation and Heart Health. May 13, 2014. Online

GAIAUnderstanding the Fire Within: The Connection between Inflammation and Heart Health. May 13, 2014. Online. Beverly Yates, ND, will lead this presentation on how oxidative damage and other factors can impact the cardiovascular system and which botanicals can be used to support a healthy response to inflammation. This webinar is free. More information.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Edible Plant That Might Kill You May Cure Herpes

The Edible Plant That Might Kill You May Cure Herpes via @munchies

Eagles and ravens

There are lots of eagles here. It is quiet enough to hear a raven beat its wings. Ravens are considered to be bad guys when young chickens are about.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

More pics Malcolm Island

Deer seems to live around here. I saw it munch grass all the way from next door until it entered the garden and then I had to alert
my hostess

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Text for pictures of Malcolm Island

You don't have to drag your suitcase down those stairs in Port McNeil, there is plenty of time to take the long way around to the ferry. At the plant sale two women stood for 15 mins holding onto a rosemary and a lavender plant so that no one else could buy it before the sale started.

More Malcolm Island pics

Teleseminar Integrating Herbal Therapies for GI patients

Scheduled Teleseminar Programs:
Teleseminar: GI Complaints: Integrating Herbal Therapies for Improved Clinical Outcomes
featuring Dr. Rob Silver, VBMA President Elect

Tuesday June 3rd at 8 PM ET
IVAS has awarded this teleseminar 1.5 hours of CE credit!
Dr. Silver will discuss herbs and/or herbal formulas and advise how they have worked to improve clinical outcomes for GI related patient complaints, including acute and chronic diarrhea and vomiting. Featured herbs, herbal formulas and herbal derivatives include: (Probiotics, Montmorillonite Clay, Digestive Enzymes, Ginger, Licorice and DGL, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow root, Psyllium, Peppermint, Uncaria tomentosa (Cat's Claw), beta glucans (plant derived immune modulators), Artemesia annua, N acetyl D glucosamine, Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San, Shen Ling Bai Zhu San, Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan, Rehmannia 8, Kang Ning Wan (Pill Curing), Betaine hydrochloride (derivative of beet root), Ban Xia Ho Pou Tang).

Monday, 12 May 2014

New Scientist pigeons are smart

Bird brainiacs: The genius of pigeons

They can count, solve Aristotle's logic puzzles and appreciate Impressionist art. Don't underestimate the flying rat
FROM the piazzas of Venice to the sidewalks of New York City, the same refrain appears on signs the world over: "Do Not Feed the Pigeons!" "We just see them as a nuisance, flocking around McDonald's and pecking all the French fries," says Onur Güntürkün, who has studied pigeons for more than three decades.
It wasn't always this way. Not so long ago, we stuffed Columba livia specimens for display in military museums, honouring them for their brave flights transporting messages across enemy territory. Charles Darwin took up pigeon breeding to help him hone his theory of natural selection, and was dazzled by their charms. Before a visit from his friend the geologist Charles Lyell, Darwin wrote: "I will show you my pigeons! Which is the greatest treat, in my opinion, which

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Departure Bay

OK Departure Bay's internet service at their ferry terminal is not good enough for this laptop. Duke Point is the wrong ferry terminal for people without cars. Buses do not go there. $40 by taxi to Departure Bay or downtown.

Malcolm Island pictures

Friends with 2 cats now. Saw deer. geese, got pecked by broody hens and went to a plant sale.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Malcolm Island

On Malcolm Island now. My computer was taken by accident off the bus in Campbell River and I only got it back today. The bus ride from Naniamo is 6.5 hours. Only once a day from Greyhound. At Port McNeil you have to take a ferry that also goes to Alert Bay. I also have pictures and I'll put them up another time. Another 2 friendly dogs and 2 cats that haven't made friends yet. One is close by though. Chickens, salad, raspberries and others I will write about later.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Poems for Lynn

A few people have looked at "Songs of Silence" from "Poems for Lynn" on Slideshare in the past week. Bothe "Poems for Lynn" and "Princess  Muchado" need more readers.

Songs of silence #lovepoem via @SlideShare

Poems For Lynn by Cheryl A. Lans via @amazon

Princess Muchado
by Kenneth Lans et al.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

The New Abolitionism | The Nation

The New Abolitionism | The Nation

So in order to preserve a roughly habitable planet, we somehow need
to convince or coerce the world’s most profitable corporations and the
nations that partner with them to walk away from $20 trillion of wealth.
Since all of these numbers are fairly complex estimates, let’s just
say, for the sake of argument, that we’ve overestimated the total amount
of carbon and attendant cost by a factor of 2. Let’s say that it’s just
$10 trillion.

The last time in American history that some powerful set of interests
relinquished its claim on $10 trillion of wealth was in 1865—and then
only after four years and more than 600,000 lives lost in the bloodiest,
most horrific war we’ve ever fought.

It is almost always foolish to compare a modern political issue to
slavery, because there’s nothing in American history that is slavery’s
proper analogue. So before anyone misunderstands my point, let me be
clear and state the obvious: there is absolutely no conceivable moral
comparison between the enslavement of Africans and African-Americans and
the burning of carbon to power our devices. Humans are humans;
molecules are molecules. The comparison I’m making is a comparison
between the political economy of slavery and the political economy of
fossil fuel.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Olera farms still

I guess I have never worked in a greenhouse for a long period of time. They are hot. With a heated soil and additional height, it is easy imagine being able to grow tropical fruit trees. I've never seen vegetables being grown in troughs before, my experience has always been with them grown on the top of a ridge, I am guessing it has something to do with the tractor tool that was used to prepare the soil and plant.
Huffpo was advertizing a photography book on black dogs which they claimed were not popular. It's hard to believe that when looking at the glossy black lab on the farm.

The moral problem with commercial seal hunting

The moral problem with commercial seal hunting

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Olera Farms this week

I'm working on Olera Farms this week. I wrote about the farm in this book below.

Movement Towards an Alternative Food Economy? Social Economy, Co-Operatives an... via @amazon

It is a different farm now. Fred Reid lost his organic chicken battle with the marketing board and moved north. His brother Brad who I also interviewed died last year. The farm has vegetables and fruit now. Two friendly dogs. As a child I often wondered if all dogs understood the same "game language" - the "play bow" and the resulting game. Apparently they do.