A great summary of where Carbon Capture and Sequestration is at the moment

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/clean-coal/

Great indepth reporting on the state of CCS. Where the tech should be heading and who is leading the charge. It highlights our desperate need for stop gaps and that we will likely have to rely on coal for the forseeable future.

It does paint the picture that we are playing with fire and that we may be burnt.

Inspiring random acts of… well, randomness, since 1986

The road to hate

What happened? What mental turn off did you take? How did you manage to come to the conclusion that all people of a certain race, that all people of a certain sexual persuasion have offended you and are deserving of your complete loathing and insult at every turn?

How do you not recognise this all encompassing hate as irrational? How can you not see that it must strain your mind and divert your energies from productive endevours, ones worthy of pursute, to wasteful destructive paths. Can you not see the dim, dingy and sickly light it bathes your soul in?

If you are offended on behalf of your god, why do you worship something so full of hate and prejudice? If your god is not powerful enough to weather the flaws you percieve how all powerful can it be?

Are you further blind to the fact that any threat or slight you may have percieved, if there ever even was one that was not a trick of the mind, was perpetualted by an individual or a tiny fraction of a much larger anthropogenicly defined group. Are you familiar with the concept of a representative sample? Have you failed at the most fundamental aspect of being human? Have you failed to try and understand?

Where do you think this road will lead you? Is there a plan? Next stop happiness?

There may be reasons to hate another human being, and if there are I hope I never find them, but how long can you harbour hate and not be tainted and twisted? Hate is a temporary defense mechanism, an avoidance stratergy found in our evolution. We hated our predators and so discovered ways to overcome them and live on. It is a relic of the past. In this day and age of information where we can see the scars that hate and intollerance have left on our historic landscape, we must make a choice to move on.

Beyond gut reactions and biggotted gossip that turn into hate group. There can be no place for these energies in future societies. These things that divide us, tribes, cultures, man made borders on massive continents; these things are not real, we place them reality ourselves. We have the power to overcome them. These few artificial things, how can we allow them to dictate what we believe, or how we live our lives?

Brother and sister, let us leave this road behind, let it fester and rot and be forgotten from our minds. Let it become part of the past consigned to history books. So that when our children look back they can ask as we do now, how did they not see that it was the path to destruction? Could they have been that blind?

Have you asked yourself the hard questions, and examined your answers? 

Inspiring random acts of… well, randomness, since 1986

Where is the money for these projects?

Where is the money to build these ideas (below) and many others that have a direct benefit to society?Is it held up in a war fund somewhere?

We need to get on these ideas ASAP! Lets start changing the world for the better and protecting instead of destroying. In ten years we will realize the job would have been so much smaller if we had just used the technology we had available at the time to do something.

Yes I am aware of the discount effect. However, global manipulation of the climate and massive garbage dumps will always be a big task. We need to start somewhere! Any Buffett’s or Gates’ out there wanting to fund something massive, exciting and potentially globally significant? Also if you ever have any free time have a look at this site: http://inhabitat.com/

http://inhabitat.com/sand-babel-solar-powered-twisting-skyscrapers-3d-printed-with-desert-sands/

http://inhabitat.com/seawer-skyscraper-rids-the-worlds-oceans-of-plastic-and-generates-clean-energy-at-the-same-time/

http://inhabitat.com/lotus-shaped-rainforest-guardian-skyscraper-harvests-rainwater-to-fight-fires-in-the-amazon/

How South Africa elected a king instead of a president

I don’t think we, as South Africans’, fully understand democracy. I think we like to believe we are democratic and we have adapted some of its tools, and they are powerful tools. However, I don’t think we live democratic lives. We have taken what we liked, those things that made us feel important like the voting process and forgotten those that seemed like burdens such as responsibility for our actions.

We like the global image of our example as a tolerant and understanding nation. We fall very far short on accountability for our actions, in this area we have a lotsof excuses. The past indeed does have some blame. I do believe that every year that blame has to diminish, as every new generation is born their future cannot be tethered to the past and it’s failings. I wonder if we are truly working as hard as we must to move beyond our haunted evil past.

Nkandla has thrown all of these issues into stark relief. We seem to have managed to elect a king instead of a president.

  • Kings believe they have the divine right to rule, are answerable to none and are above the law. I think we can all draw the parallels to this statement.
  • Presidents, democratically elected presidents, first and foremost uphold the laws of the land, operate within them under the mandate of the people that elected them and are wholly and completely answerable to their nation.

I’ll expand on my thinking here, surely every project that is carried out for a president needs to be conducted in a transparent and open manner? It needs to be the epitome of how this elected official operates. It must be directly overseen by them and they must be one hundred percent answerable to end result.

This is even more to the point when it involves a person’s home, a place where their family will reside. How can these details be handed off to someone else? What kind of a person allows others to make arrangements for their family with no input no oversight?

Every president/party gets elected based on campaign promises, these are areas of specific interest to the people and the president. All of these areas should receive presidential oversight and responsibility they deserve, nothing less should appease the voters.

Kings are unanswerable to their people, carry out their own agendas from behind palace walls and rule by force and intimidation. Handing out favours to those that flatter and dealing harsh punishments to those that dare disagree.

I believe it is time the elected government topple this monarchy they have allowed to be built upon their shoulders. They must offer up a true servant of the people, a person capable of accepting responsibility, a person capable of leading and working with those they may not always agree with for the betterment of all society. For this to happen though we need to be educated about a citizen’s responsibility. That everyone of us is answerable for our decisions. That we must lead our lives and hold ourselves accountable for our actions so that we can ask others to account for theirs.

We need to accept all tenants of democracy not just those we like or those that are easy.

I want South Africa to be great, I believe if we were capable of producing one great man that we are capable of producing others. Great leaders, great thinkers and great healers. In order to achieve this we need to work together, we need to meet those thinkers that appose our ideas and examine each other’s thoughts through dialog and discussion. We need to realise we can disagree and still respect one another.

I want us to take the moral high ground because we deserve it. I want us to lead Africa away from fear and elected kings. I want us to rise! I believe it is our time to do great work to show the world that once united we are unshakable. That those with the loudest voices are not always correct and that will listen to the quietest voices with equal measure and think before we act, and we will indeed act, not out of fear but rather great vision! I want to see that no person is above the law and if someone is accused they will stand trial, be they beggar or “king”.