Jungle Talk

Are we hard wired to run a sustainable planet? And are we accountable to the entire world that we live in? For me the Jungle is something made up of so many fascinating elements; a journey of intriguing possibilities. That kind of sounds like "life" on planet-johnson.

Can I travel with a presence that allows my footprint to add value to the world that you live in while "capturing moments" that tell a compelling story? Karma is a belief that all of your actions will have equal reprecussions, affecting you and I. This journey is a search for some balance, a little discovery and hopefully some visual poetry?

This blog will humbly attempt to see my world through the experience of TRAVEL, photos and sincere examination of an experential and visual karma. And I will find a way to incorporate some positive travel experience into that karma with the perspective of a Digital Camera. Photography and writing have become my "love affair" with life on planet-johnson. Hopefully I can share my passions for the best of this crazy world!

Please join in and welcome to the jungle! 

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Panic in Dubai: Gore Comes to Town

       "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth"     Buddha

The recent attacks on the credibility of Al Gore`s character and motivations rank as the panic of desperation from the powers that be. He is a serious threat to their status quo and he doesn`t go away. He appears to have the passion, the "indomitable will" and the good sense to try and change this world with truth as defined by science not greed or creed. And though, arguably, Gore is a product of this same status quo and has offered his share of disappointment and failings in a past political life, his legacy evolves.

He was the "man" and now is the "anti man". A sage who wants to upset the apple cart and redefine economy (or as he might suggest return it to its best principles) . A weird phenomena of politician-scientist. A serious challenge to the morons that made this mess in the first place. This is about those morons!?

Dubai/2007:  The Lords of Oil, i.e. Exxon. Royal Dutch Shell, Haliburton, the Saudis, the Bush Family and others are gathering at the gates of hell (Haliburton headquarters in Dubai) and answering the tough questions of our time. What the hell do we do if the world starts using less oil? And what are the consequences for war if there is no oil to fight for?

Dick Cheney chairs the meeting and pounds his gavel with a passion that only the American War Machine can generate.  Haliburton`s executives cheer his patriotism and chant "Iran needs to go" trying to focus the meeting agenda. George W. whispers in the ear of a Saudi Prince who revels the moment like "Conrad Black" chairing a corporate budget meeting. These Gods of economy have gathered to claim their turf and hell hath no fury like the architects of "capitalism gone wild".

Cheney waves a picture of a drowning Polar Bear and speaks of economic opportunity for Haliburton. "Jesus", says Dick, "We made millions off that Hurricane damage in Orleans.  Surely there`s money to be made saving these cute little bastards?" The Haliburton Execs nods their heads in frenzied agreement and begin to forge a marketing plan. The Saudi Prince nods his approval. This is a vicious opportunity for unbridled capitalism. Sell more oil, buy governments and elections, buy more media control and market solutions for their pain. Key principles for economic glory.

Cheney: "Stall this "global warming" shite and maybe we`ll dump coastal properties just before glacial impact. There`s one thing I think we can all agree on. There`s too many damn people in this world and rising sea levels can help us with that problem. Thankfully, this has the makings of a terrific opportunity and as "Conrad Black" might say " who deserves it more than us?"

But the meeting turns a little sour with the final agenda items: Al Gore and Hugo Chavez?  Cheney: And this Palast bastard at the BBC. I think he likes Chavez! What kind of American is this?  Can`t we get rid of this prick?

An Exxon Exec screams a raging agreement.  George W. spits his bubble gum at the mention of Palast but turns back to snuggle with the Saudi Prince and laugh at his jokes about democracy in the Mid-East.  Exxon Exec: "We can keep the media working Chavez as a lunatic, but Gore? He`s our real problem". This gathering nods like young Republicans on a mission from Rove.

A young Dutch Shell Exec:  "Gore knows his science and his thinking proves to be highly credible. He`s too wealthy to buy and his books and film are incredibly popular. He is donating all proceeds from the book and film to the global warming movement. And he is likely positioning himself to become an unbeatable candidate for the Presidency in 2008. Chavez is a nuisance but this Gore is a true threat to our status quo".

This is too much for this group to bear. To hues of "NONSENSE" the Shell exec is banished from the room. A consensus arises from these delegates of prosperity. The architects of the "Iraq campaign and a $70 barrel of crude" don`t need the advice of this silly person from Shell. That damn Gore won`t change the course of this global maelstrom and  "as Conrad Black might say, we deserve everything that we take". The first principle of status quo!

Perhaps that should read that they deserve everything that they get?  If that were only true and Al Gore becomes the eye of their hurricane. I predict that Al Gore will become President in 2008 (though I think he`s crazy brave to even consider trying) and I just hope he survives to make a difference. This is a vote for the evolution of a KarmaDawg named Al Gore and a quest to reinvent the first principle of status quo. Planet Gaia deserves no less!

Disclaimer:  This is a fictional account of something that probably happens whether we like it or not!





Green Power for the G8 Summit

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win"   Gandhi

This is one of those moments that could define a generation and maybe generations to come.  George W. and his boy Steve (Bush-Lite) Harper are fighting the tide of science and public opinion. They are representing Big Oil`s shite with a vengeance. We need to send a message to everyone at that Summit that the future is ours. Not their`s! I think that just maybe, this gorgeous little planet of ours is worth saving. So frack Harper and send a message to the G8 that Exxon is yesterday`s news and that a "green economy" is worth more than the next oil war or the next coal mine in China.

If you have time check out this website and consider signing a petition being sent to Leaders of the G8. Maybe we can be part of the solution? The G8 starts June 7/2007.



“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them"    Charles de Montesquieu

Last night I dreamed that the world lived in peace and harmony and that extreme poverty was on the run.  Opportunity for a good life unfolded in every corner of planet "Gaia" and a man spoke of possibilities and progress for all of mankind.   "Beyond these walls is a world to be helped, and improved, and made safe for all mankind"  Bobby Kennedy    And people listened like prospectors hearing of the latest gold strike or actors working with Clint Eastwood? They listened as if his words meant everything!

Then I woke and thought about Bobby Kennedy and what might have been? I had watched Emilio Estevez` movie, "Bobby", for a second time and came away passionate about our future and pissed off about a stolen promise. The "sixties" was a powderkeg of idealism and possibilities and I can only wonder how Bobby Kennedy might have inspired an America that shook the world for peace and good will? And how far have we missed the mark when I put America, peace and good will in the same space? A collision of oxymorons! Sadly laughable in the age of Cheney. But Estevez reminds us of what might have been and hopefully what still could be?

Much of the movie plays as a very good sixties drama layered in a soap opera of sorts.  Connecting the dots of relevance are reels of documentary footage that highlight the larger concept of Bobby Kennedy`s campaign for "human rights" in the 1968 California Presidential primary. This documentary filming fits seamlessly as the heart and soul of everyone`s story. A sixties generation is tripping toward something great?

Laugh your ass off as Ashton Kutcher drops acid and leads young men into the land of Leary.  Feel the passions of young Americans, Elijah Wood and Linday Lohan, as they feel the pain of a Vietnam War that they can`t avoid. Or watch the seeds of a Latin migration to California with Freddy Rodriquez, "we`re the new niggers brother, get used to it". The stories are good but the "Bobby time" is gripping. You can feel the pulse of this movie with every Kennedy speech. America`s last hope , King and Jack are gone, says a sixties culture on the last legs of it`s idealism.

"All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity." Bobby Kennedy

The history of RFK holds moments of ruthless ambition and careless regard but he seemed to have evolved into a political Buddha. This in itself is so hopeful for any of us that want to make a difference. Bobby seemed to have found his nature in a call for "human rights for all mankind". His goals were so much larger than himself or America. And Estevez` movie shows his affect on people from all walks of life.

"Our gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worth while. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans." Bobby Kennedy

I could follow "sage" like this into the politics of a future we need more than we deserve. But we can earn a shot at this kind of possibility if we get lucky enough to find another Bobby Kennnedy who will lead us to the promised land. The opportunity is clear but is there anyone out there up to the call? The call for a "karmadawg" in kind of the highest order?


Palast Chronicle

    " Its amazing what you can`t see when you`re not looking"   Yogi Berra

A commitment to truth scores points on my karmacard and this is about a man with a guerilla devotion to spreading the word. Greg Palast , a former fraud investigator turned intrepid journalist, is a one man "gonzo journalist" revival. A man on a mission. A truth seeker and a myth buster. And he seems to scare the shite out of the powers that be. What is the essence of this Palast revolution? Is he really the product of his term in the "Madhouse"? The USA!?

Solutions may be wanting in his writing, but Palast is fascinating for the questions he raises. Why did Palast leave the USA for Britain (to work for the BBC) and why can`t he work for  American media? He`s a New York Times list "Best Seller" and has never been invited by anyone to appear for an interview? Blacklisted or what?  And why has he been charged by Homeland Security for filming the poorest of the poor and their miseries in post Katrina New Orleans?? Did he violate the security of oppressive poverty in America?

Why does Greg Palast like Hugo Chavez? And why does Chavez offer cheap oil to the poor and cheap financing to Latin countries that are disillusioned with the "American Dream"? Has Chavez really nationalized oil companies in Venezuela, and if he has why are the oil companies still there and making the same profits as before? Does Karl Rove hate Palast because he has proved that the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen by the Republicans. Is Iraq about "the oil" and does Houston run the white house? Why does Palast offer the answers that we don`t get in the Globe, New York Times, LA Times or ABC news?

Is Greg Palast holding up the "fifth estate" while everyone else parks their ass on the profits of a media gone mild.  "Hear no evil, see no evil and report no evil" as the modern American media mantra? Is Greg Palast the last gasp at investigative journalism as a pillar of democracy or is he just a funny guy with great contacts? Read him, laugh with him and cry for the present and future of the "greatest nation on earth" as you start to appreciate the sad state of "true lies" in America. If you wonder about corruption in "Team America", then read Palast`s "Armed Madhouse". This can`t be true, can it?!


Truth as a Casualty:Afghanistan is Calling

    "Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the very soul of anesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now..."  Henry Miller

Canada`s  legacy in peace keeping and international diplomacy may become a distant memory lost in the wake of "torture in Afghanistan". The stink of torture by proxy and Canadian duplicity is a sad swan song for the greatest Canadian myth. We were the good guys. A true balance to the American pathology for arrogant unbridled power. We believed in the better life for everyone on the planet. People around the world liked us and bought this shite. But the worm has turned! "Even the most humble will strike back if abused enough". Proverb

There is a sound of corruption sucking the support out of Canada`s commitment to military action in Afghanistan. Our government chooses to ignore the possibility of "extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture and detention without trial" (see Globe report). This smells of the kind of coverup and misinformation that our neighbour constantly runs into  while trying to convince it`s citizens that "war is just". It takes time but unjust wars always come to light too late to help the victims of these kinds of corruption and abuses. Our military presence seems to be supporting something very sinister by our historical international traditions. I`m talking the traditions of Lester Pearson and peace keeping.

Consider that against the traditions of the "dark side". That`s where we turn the blind eye to abuse of Afghan citizens who get in the way. A little torture for the greater good. Yeah, and the greater good is always a big question mark? Good for who in the muddle of true lies and intent. Cheney probably knows why we`re in Afghanistan and Harper thinks he knows but somewhere in this shitey mess Canadians are dying for the dark side. But it`s reassuring to hear Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day tells us that none of these abuses really happened. Day also assures us that there is no need for an investigation and that we can ignore these Globe and mail articles that spread this nonsense. I`m not sure who to trust these days but it`s definitely not these guys. They have no sense of history or passion for truth. The truth is out there but we won`t get it without an investigation of alleged Afghanistan government torture and abuse.

This building saga of "war without reproach" that may prove to be a typical "war of shame" could slander Canada`s ability  to help lead the world`s conscience to "winning the peace" in world wide conflicts. We need to think "high and mighty" if we`re going to be involved in death and duty. Pearson was a problem solver and a giant in International diplomacy. Harper makes excuses for abuse and torture and leads us into the shitehole of American intentions that need the balance of a Pearson, not the sycophancy of a 'Bush-Lite". People worldwide hate Americans for their neglect of other`s human rights. Do we need to join this team? The war drums keep beating. The same song keeps playing. Where is our next Pearson? He is sorely needed.



Earth Day with Bush and Steve Harper

    "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."     Carl Sagan

Canadian Prime Minister Steve Harper is at it again, doing his George W Bush imitation. How could someone wannabe George W post Iraq, Guantanamo, New Orleans, $9 trillion deficit, Valerie Plame, Wolfowitz, Howard Bolton, Haliburton, a US dollar going to hell and God knows what`s next? Go figure, but now their leadership and wisdom will be put to the test for a day to remember.

April 22 is Earth Day. A celebration of our planet`s potential and a cry for serious solutions to the planetary issues of the day. Where is our sage?  I`m looking for a some Churchill or Gandhi or even Carl Sagan.

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."   George W Bush

Huh? Well that`s some disdom we can ignore but how about the other guy?  

"Mr. Harper said the Conservative government expects to release its plan to address climate change within a month, but indicated it had no interest in pursuing Britain’s lead in legislating binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions."    National Post

Ok, so Bush is confused on what pollution is and Harper uses policy confusion to avoid the building consensus that man induced (CO2 emissions) global warming is bringing down the house with "climate change" that will become real expensive for planet earth. Hence the importance of "Earth Day".  Maybe these guys need a tune up from the British government, i.e. Nicholas Stern`s Review on the Economics of Climate Change.  It`s an eye opener on the costs to this planet if we follow Bush into the self serving muddle of non policy on climate change.

"British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, stated that the Review demonstrated that scientific evidence of global warming was "overwhelming" and its consequences "disastrous" if the world failed to act.[13] "    Wikipedia      Well, here`s a politician willing to take the plunge on actual leadership. This is what I`m talking about. More do and less don`t. But Canada`s finest, Mr. Harper, is pandering to Big Oil and Dick Cheney with his environmental strategy of denial. The message from the Stern Review, the IPCC, the USC (Union of Concerned Scientists), the American Association for Advancement of Science on climate change  and a growing vast majority of credible scientists is sobering. But Steve Harper is cherry picking his science. He`s only buying what he and Big Oil want to hear. He can`t handle the truth.

So our Canadian Prime Minister considers the his role model to the south. He wishes we had followed George into Iraq, he runs Canada`s highest spending government in history (emulating George W`s model), and he ignores our responsibility to curb CO2 emissions for the sake of future generations (just like George). Steve would rather make George W`s Texas barbecue party guest list than worry about the fate of our planet.  "You're saying butt-kisser like it's a bad thing?" Homer Simpson   Yeah Homer, his moral quotient is way too Republican and Canada doesn't`t need a Republican Prime Minister. I`m anxious for an election in our potentially "great green north". Harper`s got to go!

It is a beautiful day here in southwestern Ontario and I`m ga, ga  over blue skies and perfect temperatures. I just can`t believe that this won`t last forever. April 22, Earth Day, is the proper moment to consider educating ourselves with the very available, credible, scientific evidence that is calling for global action. We need to be diligent because these guys don`t care. And their shitey legacy doesn't`t have to drag us down with them. Earth Day, April 22, 2007. The beginning of their end? Blue skies rather than true lies!