Sunday, September 14, 2014

Homo Suicidus

 This picture came in the mail and was posted by someone in Los Angeles. While I've been tempted to do messages like this I've held back... out of sheer optimism I guess. If I thought we were actually doomed as a species I probably wouldn't bother with signposting, or much of anything I suppose except having a good time.

As more and more unanticipated feedback loops kick in - drowning forests, Siberian methane blasts, arctic wildfires - the more optimistic I become that at least our scientific community will get serious about finding a fix to all this, whether through geo-engineering, plankton blooms, CO2 sequestration or whatever ideas are out there yet to be discovered and implemented.

I do believe, however, that so long as we keep filling the gas chamber we call an atmosphere with poisons, the term "Sapiens" (Latin for "intelligent" or "wise") is no longer appropriate and should be replaced with "Suicidus" (which should be self-explanatory.) 

What I find fascinating about our situation is, despite our sophistication and knowledge, the simplicity of our failing, which boils down to an apparent inability to sacrifice at all now for the benefit of generations yet to come. I don't remember much from bible studies, but I do remember the phrase "not for ourselves or for our children, but for our children's children..." popping up now and again. And while it's altogether possible our ancestors were just as selfish as we are, at least they were willing to pay lip-service to the generations yet to come. 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Signs on LA Overpasses

 "If you can't annoy someone, there's little point in writing." - Kingsley Amis
 Signs placed on overpasses around Los Angeles.
 "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein
 "The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus
 "If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long." - Noam Chomsky

 "We are all in a post-hypnotic trance induced in early infancy." - R.D. Laing
 "The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules."  - Banksy
"Man tends to increase at a greater rate than the means of his subsistence." - Charles Darwin
Signs Posted - 6,855
Arrests - 0

Thursday, August 28, 2014

San Francisco/East Bay

 "You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes." - Alan Watts
 Signs placed on the 80, 101 and 580 freeways in San Francisco, Berkeley and Richmond.
 "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau
"Nobody can hurt me without my permission."
-Mahatma Gandhi

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." -Denis Diderot

 "The great end of life is not knowledge but action." -Thomas Huxley

 "Die of nothing but a rage to live." - Alexander Pope
Signs Posted - 6,845
Arrests - 0

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Los Angeles

 "There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place." - Banksy
 Signs placed on various freeways around Los Angeles.
 "The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government." - Jim Hightower
"The most dangerous worldview, is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world." - Alexander von Humboldt

 "Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins." - Benjamin Franklin

 Life and death are important. Don't suffer them in vain." - Bodhidharma
Signs Posted - 6,831
Arrests - 0

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


 "Don't hate the media, become the media." - Jello Biafra
 Signs placed on Interstate 80 and Ashby Ave, in Berkeley, California.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - 
 "I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work." - George Carlin
"The wild places are where we began. When they end, so do we." - David Brower

 "My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." - Mitch Hedberg
 Signs Posted - 6,820
Arrests - 0

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Marin County/Robin Williams

 "No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
 Signs placed on Highway 101 through Marin County.
Quotations by Robin Williams.
 Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money.
You're only given a little spark of madness, and if you lose that, you're nothing.

Death is nature's way of saying, "Your table is ready."
 Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students.
 Reality: what a concept.
Signs Posted - 6,811
Arrests - 0