Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (www.eastwind.org), are very close to our vision of an ecological society

07 September, 2017

"A Thousand Suns" album by Linkin Park (2010)


The Catalyst

God bless us, everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And it can't be outfought, it can't be outdone
It can't be outmatched, it can't be outrun, no

God bless us, everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And it can't be outfought, it can't be outdone
It can't be outmatched, it can't be outrun, no

And when I close my eyes tonight
To symphonies of blinding light
(God bless us, everyone)
(We're a broken people living under loaded gun)

Oh, like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky

God save us, everyone
Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?
For the sins of our hand, the sins of our tongue
The sins of our father, the sins of our young, no

God save us, everyone
Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?
For the sins of our hand, the sins of our tongue
The sins of our father, the sins of our young, no

And when I close my eyes tonight
To symphonies of blinding light
(God save us, everyone)
(Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?)

Oh, like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky

Oh, like memories in cold decay
Transmissions echoing away
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky

Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go

Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go
Lift me up, let me go

God bless us, everyone (Lift me up)
We're a broken people living under loaded gun (Let me go)
And, it can't be outfought (Lift me up)
It can't be outdone, it can't be outmatched (Let me go)
It can't be outrun, no

God bless us, everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And, it can't be outfought
It can't be outdone, it can't be outmatched
It can't be outrun, no

God bless us, everyone (Lift me up)
We're a broken people living under loaded gun (Let me go)
And, it can't be outfought (Lift me up)
It can't be outdone, it can't be outmatched (Let me go)
It can't be outrun



A Thousand Suns is a concept album dealing with human fears such as nuclear warfare. The album references numerous social issues and blends human ideas with technology. The album's title is a reference to a line in the Hindu Sanskrit scripture the Bhagavad Gita "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one," which was made famous by J. Robert Oppenheimer in reference to the atomic bomb. The title also appears in the album's lead single "The Catalyst", which appears in the line "God save us everyone, will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?". The band said Oppenheimer's comments about the nuclear bomb influenced the apocalyptic themes of the album. The band wrote about these comments in the album's liner notes: Oppenheimer's words resonate today not only for their historical significance, but for their emotional gravity. So, too, A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments.

Humanity has thought that nuclear holocaust threat was eliminated, and was cool for about 30 years. But beside urban terrorism, the nuclear terrorism has an unexpected comeback these days. American politics play dangerous games, by secretly aiding terrorist groups or officially countries who support terrorists (Saudi Arabia) and now threat a small stalinistic remnant with dangerous arms. Two crazy leaders play like silly children.



05 July, 2017

10 years Rock & Ecology


We celebrate the ten years of our blog, by choosing some of our favorite rock songs:


Our first post Bob Dylan-A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall” (5 of July 2007)

and some of our faves:












Enjoy!!

05 June, 2017

"Be the rain" by Neil Young & The Crazy Horse, album: Greendale (2003)


Save the planet for another day
"attention shoppers, buy with a conscience and save"
Save the planet for another day
"save alaska! let the caribou stay"
Don't care what the governments say
"they're all bought and paid for anyway"
Save the planet for another day
"hey big oil, what do you say?"

We were runnin' through the night
Never knowin' if we would see the light
Paranoid schizophrenic visions
Livin' in fear of the wrong decisions

We got to wake up
We got to keep goin'
If they follow us
There's no way of knowin'

We got a job to do
We got to 
Save mother earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
"you can make a difference, if you really try"
Be the magic in the northern lights
"six days....six nights"
Be the river as it rolls along
"it has three eyed fish and it's smellin' strong"
Be the rain you remember fallin'
"be the rain, be the rain"

Yeah rain was fallin' and we're soakin' wet
Hail is beatin' down on our heads
The wind is blowin' through our hair 
Faces frozen in the frigid air

We got to get there
Alaska
We got to be there 
Before the big machines

We got a job to do
We got to
Save mother earth 

Dream the hunter on the western plain
"the birds are all gone, where did they go?"
Dream the fisherman in his boat
"he's comin' home empty, he's barely afloat"
Dream the logger in the great northwest
"they're runnin' out of trees, they got to give it a rest"
(there's no other way to cut it)
Dream the farmer in the old heartland
"corporate greed and chemicals are killin' the land"

Next mornin' sun was up at dawn
She looked around and earth was gone
Dark visions he had last night
He needed peace, he needed light

He heard the rumble and
He saw the big machines
The green army rose
It was a bad dream

He had a job to do
He had to 
Save mother earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
"greek freighters are dumping crap somewhere right now"
Be the magic in the northern lights
"the ice is melting!"
Be the river as it rolls along
"toxic waste dumpin' from corporate farms"
Be the rain you remember fallin'
"be the rain, be the rain"
Save the planet for another day
"be the rain, be the rain"
Be the river as it rolls along
"be the rain, be the rain"

We think it's the best choice for the day of the environment

07 May, 2017

Anne Clark – Poem For A Nuclear Romance, album: Changing places (1983)


What will it matter then 
When the sky's not blue but blazing red 
The fact that I simply love you 
When all our dreams lay deformed and dead 
We'll be two radioactive dancers 
Spinning in different directions 
And my love for you will be reduced to powder 
The screams will perform louder and louder 
Your marble flesh will soon be raw and burning 
And kissing will reduce my lips to a pult 
Hideous creatures will return from the underground 
And the fact that I love you 
Will die 
You don't have to sleep to see nightmares 
Just hold me close 
Then closer still 
And you'll feel the probabilities pulling us apart.


13 April, 2017

"Radioactivity" by Kraftwerk, album "Radio-Activity" (1975), remix (1991)


Lyrically, the 1975 version of the song plays upon the meaning of its title, with the line "Discovered by Madame Curie (In fact, Natural radioactivity was discovered by Henri Becquerel (and independently by Silvanus Thompson); induced radioactivity by Irène Joliot-Curie, Marie Curie's daughter. Curie coined the term "radioactivity").

The song was re-recorded as a radically different version for The Mix album in 1991 and was issued as a single in an edited form with remixes by François Kevorkian and William Orbit. While the original does not offer a value judgement on the safety of radioactivity, the 1991 version drops all references to radio and incorporates additional lyrics with a pointed anti-nuclear theme, remaking the central lyrical hook as "stop radioactivity" and also referring to "contaminated population" and mentioning by name Chernobyl, Harrisburg (Three Mile Island), Sellafield and Hiroshima.

The band performed the Mix version at the "Stop Sellafield" concert in 1992. The song was performed during Kraftwerk's set at Coachella to commemorate the anniversary of the Chernobyl incident on April 26 (the date of the band's performance). Live versions of "Radioactivity" feature on both English and German versions of the band's 2005 live album Minimum-Maximum.

In 2012, Kraftwerk performed the new remix of "Radioactivity" during No Nukes 2012, held in Japan. To commemorate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Hütter sang alternate lyrics to the song in Japanese, at one point even name checking Fukushima. This version of the song also has notable lyric changes such as "Chernobyl, Harrisburg, Sellafield, Fukushima". This altered version of the song is also the version Kraftwerk performs live to this day, albeit with the second chorus switching back to the English or German lyrics sung on the Mix version, depending on where they perform. (Wikipedia)


26 February, 2017

"April 2031" by Warrant, album: Dog Eat Dog (1992)


They say the sky used to be blue
I don't quite believe it
It's probably always been the color that it is
And there were cotton candy clouds
And birds to fly through it
Just stories we all love to tell our kids

So I'll close my electronic door
And keep the cold outside
And hug my aluminium pillow
Oh so tight
And pray the radiation doesn't
Make me sick tonight

They say there used to be wind
That wasn't caused by fans
I wonder how it would have felt in my hair
And the nuclear ring
Around the Moon was caused by man
If it was, then it's much to late to care

So I'll put my safety goggles on
And gaze out at the sun
As the artificial atmosphere machines
Give off a constant hum
In a world that's cold and
peaceful April 2031

No more sky and no more trees
April 2031
No more oxygen to breathe
April 2031
No more hate and no more war
April 2031
Nothing left worth fighting for
April 2031

As far back as Vietnam
We should have learned our lessons
But we closed our eyes
And sent our sons away
And they told us we were winning
As they sold more ammunition

Some were angry most just looked the other way
And the night's illuminated
By the endless glowing sand
That swallowed all the oceans
And choked off all the land
In a world beyond resuscitation
Even by God's hand

No more mountains no more sea
April 2031
No more you and no more me
April 2031
No more music no more songs
April 2031
No God left to blame it on
April 2031
No more children playing
April 2031
No more need for praying
April 2031

a post-apocalyptic song after a nuclear warfare. 1992-2017 we thought that this threat was on its way to dissapearance, but american people elected a person that declares to bring back this nightmare again.

24 June, 2016

OMNIA - Earth Warrior, album Earth Warrior (2014)

05 April, 2016

Borknagar, album: "Urd" (2012)


The Beauty Of Dead Cities


Concrete cracks, gives way to green

forests fall come glass and steel

The beauty of dead cities

the splendor of nature


Glass framed cities

untamed gardens

Wings in the meadow

asphalt hardens


Everything in its place

the duality of the natural order

An unforgiving faceless warder


Powerful green forces gray away

steel constructions lead life astray


The beauty of dead cities

the splendor of nature


Nature regains its natural place

cities absorb their needed space

The duality of the natural order



The Earthling


Children, behold the elders falling

hear nature chime, the widow calling

See that moldered face, once gazing

throughout horizons, throughout seasons


Men, behold the nature tolling

hear the depravity of man

See the sunshine blurring, once sharp and gleaming

Throughout winters, throughout summers


Nature, the venomous path of man

the existential gravity, the blinder of light

Mankind, bestride the glimpse of the Sun

instinctively oppose, the harvester of light


Elders, hear the mountains calling

behold the certainty, the leaves of future falling

See the downfall, in midst of the havoc

throughout ages, throughout generations


Nature, the venomous path of man

the existential gravity, the blinder of light

Mankind, bestride the glimpse of the Sun

instinctively oppose, the harvester of light

Dwelling the night towards further sight


I am the earthling, bearer of the past

I am the earthling, dwelling the presence

I am the earthling, exploring the future vast

I am the weaver of the Sun

I am the earthling, I am the weaver of the Sun






30 December, 2015

"Hunters Will Be Hunted" by Heaven shall burn , album: VETO (2013)



This is the end of all endurance,

No mercy for assasins
Violence against violence
And hunters will be hunted
Until the slaughter ceased to be
Believe me, you'll regret your deeds
We took a stand and won't retreat
Until their malice ceased to be
Nothing justifies your greed
You will not succeed

You shall regret your felonies

We took a stand and won't retreat
And hunters will be hunted
Until the slaughter ceased to be
Across the open seas, together through the storm
You'll make no creature bleed, nevermore, forevermore

No drawing back, direct actions strike upon you

No compromise, no giving in
Defending those who cannot fight
Justice must prevail
A campaign for relief
Across the open seas, together through the storm
You'll make no creature bleed, nevermore

I looked him straight in the eye

This moment of compassion
I found my mission in life
We send them to the bottom
Forevermore


An anti-hunt song with brutal lyrics and a very beautiful and meaningful video clip:


12 November, 2015

Neil Young - The monsanto years, album (2015)



"Monsanto Years"

You never know what the future holds in the shallow soil of Monsanto, Monsanto
The moon is full and the seeds are sown while the farmer toils for Monsanto, Monsanto
When these seeds rise they're ready for the pesticide
And Roundup comes and brings the poison tide of Monsanto, Monsanto


The farmer knows he's got to grow what he can sell, Monsanto, Monsanto

So he signs a deal for GMOs that makes life hell with Monsanto, Monsanto
Every year he buys the patented seeds
Poison-ready they're what the corporation needs, Monsanto


When you shop for your daily bread and walk the aisles of Safeway, Safeway

Find the package to catch your eye that makes you smile at Safeway, at Safeway
Choose a picture of an old red barn on a field of green
With the farmer and his wife and children to complete the scene at Safeway, at Safeway


Dreams of the past come flooding back to the farmer's mind, his mother and father

Family seeds they used to save were gifts from God, not Monsanto, Monsanto
Their own child grows ill near the poisoned crops
While they work on, they can't find an easy way to stop, Monsanto, Monsanto


Don't care now what the Bible said so long ago not Monsanto, Monsanto

Give us this day our daily bread and let us not go with Monsanto, Monsanto
The seeds of life are not what they once were
Mother Nature and God don't own them anymore

The Monsanto Years is the thirty-sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released on June 29, 2015 on Reprise Records. A concept album criticizing agribusiness Monsanto, the album is a collaboration with Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, alongside Lukas' bandmates in Promise of the Real.

"A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop"

If you don't like to rock Starbucks A coffee shop
Well you better change your station 'cause that ain't all that we got
Yeah, I want a cup of coffee but I don't want a GMO
I like to start my day off without helping Monsanto

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo
Let our farmers grow what they want to grow

From the fields of Nebraska to the banks of the Ohio
The farmers won't be free to grow what they want to grow
When corporate control takes over the American farm
With fascist politicians and chemical giants walking arm in arm

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo
Let our farmers grow what they want to grow

When the people of Vermont wanted to label food with GMOs
So that they could find out what was in what the farmer grows
Monsanto and Starbucks through the Grocery Manufacturers Alliance
They sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people's will

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo (and Starbucks)
Mothers want to know what they feed their children

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo
Let our farmers grow what they want to grooooooow


"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" is a protest song aimed at Starbucks and Monsanto recorded by Neil Young that has attracted world-wide attention. It is a criticism of Starbucks. It's about Starbucks and its alleged use of GM food. The lyrics include "I want a cup of coffee but I don't want a GMO," Young sings. "I'd like to start my day off without helping Monsanto." In the song there were references to the lawsuit by Monsanto which is against Vermont because the state and its attempt to pass a GMO labeling law. It also mentions “the poison tide of Monsanto” and about a farmer who signs a GMO deal. In a brief review on the song, Stephan Schmidt of The National in the Singles Roundup said: The album’s opening track, A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop, does not pull any punches, attacking Starbucks as well as Monsanto and suggesting Young has not lost his appetite for tackling the big issues of the moment

An acoustic version of the song was debuted in Maui, Hawaii by Young and his backing band called The Promise of The Real. The reason for it being done there was to bring to attention the attention to Monsanto’s destructive practices in Hawaii. Paul Towers of the Pesticide Action Network said that Hawaii was the global epicenter for GMO seed testing.