Monday, September 29, 2014

Orange County, CA

 "There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late." - Og Mandino
 Signs placed on the 5, 55 and 405 freeways in Orange County, California.
 "A modern society cannot survive if it rejects science." - Senator Bernie Sanders

 "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam
 "We're rapidly approaching a world comprised entirely of jail and shopping." - Douglas Coupland

Signs Posted - 6,895
Arrests - 0

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

People's Climate March: LA Freeway Edition

 "Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth." - Albert Schweitzer
 Signs placed over and alongside Los Angeles Freeways over the weekend.
 "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" - Henry David Thoreau

"Choose only one master - Nature."
 - Rembrandt 
"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda

 Signs Posted, 6,865
Arrests - 0

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