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

25 November, 2017

"Destroy the Machines" by Earth Crisis (1995)



"Inherit the Wasteland"

Destroyed in the hands of the deranged
Mankind's will has been imposed upon the earth as though we
Were alone and if our actions had no consequences
Man crushes all that bars the way on this path to annihilation
Taking for themselves while the other inhabitant's
Lives are given no consideration
Inherit the wasteland! Spilled oil contaminates the sea
Inherit the wasteland! Poisons fill the atmosphere
Inherit the wasteland! Toxins infect the ground. Inherit the
Wasteland! Deforestation scars the earth
The rainforests burn. Countless animals die
We must regain control or there will
Be nothing left to save. The harmony of nature
Twisted into dischordance. Left to die in the aftermath of their destructive
Sightlessness. Time is running, time is running
Time is running ... Time is running out

"New Ethic"


This is the new ethic
Animals' lives are their own and must be given respect
Reject the anthropocentric
Falsehood that maintains the oppressive hierarchy of mankind
Over the animals. It's time to set them free. Their lives
Reduced to biomachines in the factory, farm and laboratory
Dairy, eggs and meat, fur, suede, wool, leather are the end
Products of torture, confinement and murder
I abjure their use out of reverence for all innocent life
Wildlifes' right to
Live in peace in their natural environment
Without this civilization's interference can no longer be denied
Must no longer be denied
To make a civilization worthy of the word civilized the cruelty must end
Starting within or own lives. Reject the
Anthropocentric falsehood that maintains the oppressive hierarchy
Of mankind over the animals. It's time to set them free
Veganism is the essence of compassion and peaceful living
The animals are not ours to abuse or dominate. I abjure their use
Out of reverence ... I abjure their use out of reverence ...

I abjure their use out of reverence for all innocent life


The name of the band, Earth Crisis, indicates how their members see the current state of the planet and in their lyrics they seek to offer solutions to it; these are either "educational" or encourage direct-action. Most of them focus on rejection of recreational drugs, animal products, animal testing, industrial livestock production, illegal drug trade and an impending earth's doom caused by wars or an ecological collapse. On the other hand, they promote straight edge, veganism, self-empowerment and organizations such as Earth First!, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Animal Liberation Front. In the words of the academic Jonathan Pieslak, some of their lyrics "read like passages" taken from "direct-action essays" of these institutions. Other subjects include criticism against white supremacy and, especially on Breed the Killers, oppressive governments. 2000's record Slither incorporated more topical issues, including genetic engineering and second amendment rights. Their seventh and eighth albums, Neutralize the Threat and Salvation of Innocents, are concept albums entirely dedicated to real-life vigilantes and animal rights/anti-vivisection, respectively. The albums All Out War, Gomorrah's Season Ends and Breed the Killers included essays that delve into their lyrics and beliefs.

In a 1998 interview with Roadrunner Records, Karl Buechner described Earth Crisis' philosophy: "I want to boil it down to one notion: personal accountability. Respect for yourself, respect for the lives of innocent beings around us." He added that "Just being drug-free doesn't make you a good person, you need to use that clarity of the mind to become actively involved in the struggle that is being waged for earth, human and animal liberation." Their message disjoined from the "posicore" attitudes in its advocation for violent direct action. However, they believe that it must be used only as a last resort: "destruction and violence are the last thing I want to see but tragically, they are sometimes necessary. We place so far greater value on the lives of the innocent beings than any type of worth that could be put upon someone who's sadistic or greedy and doesn't want to change their profit system", said Buechner.


The band cited authors Peter Singer, John Robbins and Huey P. Newton as inspirations. In their live shows, there is usually literature about PETA, Greenpeace and others distributed. They have been longtime supporters for organizations such as the Animal Defense League, having done several benefit concerts for them.

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: